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Special Installation

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

November 22, 2022–January 8, 2023
Previously on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Free with Museum admission

The Met continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree. The magnificently lit, twenty-foot blue spruce looms over a vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, surrounded by an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed angels hovering above. The scene describes in detail the Mediterranean harbor town's multicultural population.

The installation is set in front of the eighteenth-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Please note: There are no tree-lighting ceremonies scheduled this year.

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The exhibit of the crèche is made possible by the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

Exhibition Objects

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Choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, Rafal Amezúa from Elorrio, Iron: gilded and painted; limestone (base), Spanish
completed ca. 1763
Angel, Giuseppe Sanmartino  Italian, Polychromed terracotta head; wooden limbs and wings; body of wire wrapped in tow; various fabrics, Italian, Naples
second half 18th century
Angel, Salvatore di Franco, Polychromed terracotta head; wooden limbs and wings; body of wire wrapped in tow; silk garments and silver-gilt censer, Italian, Naples
second half 18th century
Angel, Lorenzo Mosca, Polychromed terracotta head; wooden limbs and wings; body of wire wrapped in tow; various fabrics, Italian, Naples
18th century
Joined pair of cherubs, Polychromed terracotta, Italian, Naples
Italian, Naples
second half 18th century
Marquee: Giuseppe Sanmartino (Italian, 1720–1793). Angel, second half 18th century. Polychromed terracotta head; wooden limbs and wings; body of wire wrapped in tow; various fabrics, H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (64.164.8a–c)