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"Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche"
2000-11-25 until 2001-01-07
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY, USA

The Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a long-established yuletide tradition in New York, is on view for the holiday season through January 7, 2001. The brightly lit, twenty-foot blue spruce—with a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base—once again delights holiday visitors in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Set in front of the 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with recorded Christmas music in the background, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season. There is a spectacular lighting ceremony every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., beginning Friday, December 1.

IMAGE:
Detail of the display: the Nativity scene with angels
Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964.


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