The Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at The Met


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The Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche are among The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 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 crèche 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 Crèche figures and angels to the Museum in 1964. For many years she installed the crèche and angels personally, work that has since been carried out by her daughter, Linn Howard, who is now aided by her own daughter.

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  • Bellini Giovanni (c. 1430–1516) Lochis madonna.Galleria dell'Accademia Carrara
  • The Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at The Met

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    2. 2. The MetThe Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met), located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United Stateswith among the most significant art collections. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided amongseventeen curatorial departments. The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattans MuseumMile, is by area one of the worlds largest art galleries
    3. 3. Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche has been displayedeach year since 1957 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from lateNovember to early January. The annual candlelit spruce tree, adornedwith angels and surrounded by a lively 18th-century Neapolitan Nativityscene, is a tradition inaugurated by collector and museum patronLoretta Hines Howard
    4. 4. Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche have been displayed eachyear since 1957 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from late November toearly January. The annual candlelit spruce tree adorned with angels andsurrounded by a lively 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, is a traditioninaugurated by collector and museum patron Loretta Hines Howard
    5. 5. 18th–19thcentury
    6. 6. AngelAttributed to Giuseppe Gori (active ca. 1770–1810)
    7. 7. 18th century (14.3 x 19.1 x 18.1 cm) Attributed to Giuseppe Sammartino (1720–1793)
    8. 8. Detail of the Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche atMetropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964
    9. 9. The Museum continues alongstanding holiday tradition withthe presentation of its Christmastree, a favorite of New Yorkers andvisitors from around the world.A vivid eighteenth-centuryNeapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array ofdiminutive, lifelike attendant figuresand silk-robed angels hoveringabove—adorns the candlelit spruce.Recorded music and lightingceremonies add to the enjoyment ofthe holiday display.
    10. 10. The late Mrs. Howard began collecting crèche figures in 1925 andsoon after conceived the idea of combining the Roman Catholiccustom of elaborate Nativity scenes with the tradition of decoratedChristmas trees that had developed among the largely Protestantpeople of northern Europe. Mrs. Howard donated more than twohundred crèche figures to the museum in 1964 to form the nucleus ofthis ever-expanding display. 18th century H. 41.6 cm
    11. 11. 18th–19th century H. 45.1 cm 18th–19th century H. 41.9 cm
    12. 12. Second half 18th century H. 41.3 cm Nicola Ingaldi (active late 18th–early 19th century
    13. 13. Attributed to Giuseppe Sammartino (1720–1793)
    14. 14. Attributed to Salvatore di Franco (active 18th century) Holy Ghost in Rays second half 18th century
    15. 15. St. Joseph Attributed to Salvatore di Franco (active 18th century)late 18th–early 19th century
    16. 16. 18th–early 19th centuryNicola Ingaldi (active late 18th–early 19th century)
    17. 17. 18th–19th century H. 11.4 cm late 18th–early 19th century H 38.7 cm
    18. 18. The museum will be open on both Christmas Eve (December 24) and NewYears Eve (December 31) with lighting ceremonies at 4:30 p.m.
    19. 19. Attributed to Giuseppe Sammartino (1720–1793)
    20. 20. Attributed to Giuseppe Sammartino (1720–1793)Attributed to Salvatore di Franco (active 18th century)
    21. 21. second half 18th century
    22. 22. second half 18th century second half 18th century
    23. 23. This wrought-iron screen, or reja, was once installed in the centralnave of the Cathedral of Valladolid in Spain. The Cathedral wascompleted in 1668, but the choir screen, the private gift of IsidroCosío y Bustamante, Bishop of Valladolid, was not put into placeuntil December 7, 1763. Screens of the kind were used to close thechoir to the public. When the choir at Valladolid was relocated nearthe main altar in the 1920s, the screen was no longer needed.
    24. 24. Vargueño (Drop-Front Deskon Chest). Spanish, Gilded,carved and partly gilded,painted bone; wrought iron(Total H.:160 cm)Gift of the Duchesse deRichelieu, 1960
    25. 25. Coffer lock and keyVargueñoGift of the Duchesse de Richelieu, 1960
    26. 26. Neapolitan School - Figures, from the Christmas Crèche (terracotta & cloth)
    27. 27. Neapolitan School - Figures, from the Christmas Crèche (terracotta & cloth)
    28. 28. Text and pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Tu scendi dalle stelle (Canti Popolari , Claudio Villa, Andrea Bocelli)