Although this year we cannot gather at the Museum to see the Neapolitan crèche in the European galleries, an annual tradition for many, it is still possible to appreciate the joy this special tableau brings.
These engaging figures, each the work of a talented sculptor, are arranged in order to communicate the Christian story of the birth of Christ. In this video, I explain the origins and history of the crèche tradition, as well as the particularly wonderful story of the Museum’s group of crèche figures and the generous donor who gifted them to the collection.
Tanya Paul is the Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art. She oversees the research, exhibition, and acquisition of European art at the Museum, primarily focusing on material from the fourteenth century through the early twentieth century.