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Angel Tree: A Christmas Celebration Hardcover – 1 Sep 1994
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This is a celebration of the "angel tree" installed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, at Christmas time. The book reproduces the collection of 18th-century Neapolitan Baroque angels and creche figures which re-enact the nativity, and contains a gatefold display.
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The photography in this book is as amazing as are the figures themselves.
For those who don't know, the tree is "lit" by [electric] candles, with the angels primarily on its branches. They are truly lovely, as are the cherubs interspersed among them - but the nativity UNDER the tree will blow you away.
In addition to the manger scene frequently displayed (the crèche), the scene under THIS huge tree includes an entire village and surrounding countryside as it might have been the night that Christ was born in that manger scene -- which is frequently all there IS to most nativities.
The detail of this miniature world rivals anything you've ever seen anywhere, I'm quite sure -- all the more amazing when you remember that these are [primarily] antique figures and that this is the collection of one single woman, found all over the world as she traveled throughout her life, then DONATED to the Met for all to enjoy forever.
The animals included go far beyond the "usual" few donkeys, cows, sheep (and the camels of the Wise Men) to horses, an elephant, a monkey, dogs, pigs, turkeys, goats of several breeds and more - baby animals, old animals, working animals, each one unique. Structures include grass huts, brick shops, steps carved into hillsides, paths and vegetation of various types, wells - and still more.
The scene is peopled with tradesmen of many types - painters, smithies, troubadours, merchants - and the female characters are equally varied. The wealthy each have man (or maid) servants, as they would have, the children are different ages and classes. The costuming and facial expressions go far beyond what you usually see - or expect to see.
Even live, unless you are one of the curators, on the installation crew, or related to Loretta Hinds Howard (who collected this amazing scene - personally installing & supervising same for many years), you will NEVER see these figures in the detail available in this book - and they are incredible!
That alone is reason enough to buy the book, but the text provides two more: it details the history of the collection, how it is curated and displayed each year, AND includes the Bible texts that support the scenes.
In addition to a wonderful gift for anyone who has seen it live and didn't buy the book at the time (especially ex-New Yorkers), this would be a PERFECT Christmas gift for your very religious aunt, your agnostic uncle who has always been a history buff, your cousin who is into antiques (or collecting - or dolls), anyone fascinated by philanthropy and/or museum acquisition -- and that friend everyone seems to have who is crazy for Christmas decorations, to name just a few.
If you buy a copy as a gift, make SURE you get one for yourself as well if you expect yourself to let it go once you've seen it. My copy will remain in my library all year, and will move under my own Angel Tree every holiday for the rest of my days. BY THE WAY, included with the book is a separate tri-fold, wide-angle shot of a large portion of the scene at the base of the tree, with a few of the angels on the lower branches flying above. I will display mine under my tree (it can be persuaded to stand with minimal support). Additional photos are on the "flip" side.
As I said in the title of this review - TRULY a stunning book - documenting a unique and STUNNING collection that is only installed at Christmas time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
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