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The Angel Tree

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The Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at The Met

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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