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The Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Publisher: Abrams Books
  • Pages: 128
  • Illustrations: 125 in full color
  • Binding: Clothbound, with jacket
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 12 1/2''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9780810996922



By Linn Howard and Mary Jane Pool, photography by Elliot Erwitt

The Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crche are among The Metropolitan Museum of Arts most cherished treasures, the installation each year heralding the beginning of the Christmas season. Now a new tree enhanced with fiber-optic lighting allows the magnificent scene to be viewed in all its glory.

The base of the majestic tree displays a landscape in which eighteenth- century crche figures reenact the story of the Nativity. Sumptuously dressed, exotic travelers who have come to pay homage to the Babe include the three kings with their retainers and animals, a grand lady riding an elephant, and another seated on a camel.

Loretta Hines Howard gave her collection of Neapolitan Baroque Crche figures and angels to the Museum in 1964. For many years she installed the crche and angels personally, work that has since been carried out by her daughter, Linn Howardcoauthor of this bookwho is now aided by her own daughter. Linn Howard and Mary Jane Pool, noted author and former long- time editor in chief of House and Garden magazine, tell the fascinating story of the crche and provide thumbnail biographies of the artists to whom particular figures can be attributed. A special feature of the book is the Christmas story, in which the Gospels are illustrated with pictures from the collection.

The splendid photography was created for this book by Elliott Erwitt, whose work can be found in galleries and museums around the world.

The Angel Tree is a book for the entire family, joyously retelling the Nativity story and illustrated with pictures that will afford hours of happy exploration.

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