Holiday Tree on View
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10 am–Sunday, January 9, 2011 5 pm
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Holiday Tree with Neopolitan crèche will be on view in Clifton Hall through Sunday, January 9, 2011. (It is not on view on Mondays, when the Gallery is closed.)
About the Nativity Scene
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Nativity Scene, also called a crèche ("crib" or "manger" in French), is arranged in the fashion of Baroque theatrical scenarios of the seventeenth century. The figures simulate eighteenth-century Neapolitan figurines. Donated to the Gallery in 1972, the crèche is a gift of Mrs. Howell H. Howard (Loretta Hines Howard) in memory of her friend Mrs. Helen Northrup Knox. In a long-standing tradition, the crèche has been on view during the Christmas holiday almost every year for the last thirty-eight years.
About the Related Works on View
This year, the crèche is accompanied by an exhibition of etchings, engravings, and one illuminated manuscript from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Collection. These works have been selected to complement and enhance the iconography and the stories traditionally associated with the Christian story of the birth of Christ, such as pastoral scenes, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Holy Family.