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Art of the Creche: Nativities from Around the World
     

Art of the Creche: Nativities from Around the World

by James L. Govan
 

One of the most enduring and universal Christmas traditions is the crèche, or the Nativity scene: a representation of the story of Christ’s birth. This beautiful book reveals the worldwide appeal and custom of the crèche and the diversity of creative expression displayed in this art form. Crèche artists featured include a first-generation

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One of the most enduring and universal Christmas traditions is the crèche, or the Nativity scene: a representation of the story of Christ’s birth. This beautiful book reveals the worldwide appeal and custom of the crèche and the diversity of creative expression displayed in this art form. Crèche artists featured include a first-generation American firefighter devoted to preserving the Spanish Colonial santos tradition; a woman who served in the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands; a Jesuit who worked with Cambodian landmine victims and who carved a nativity with Khmer features; and a carver from New Zealand whose work is based on Maori traditions.

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Library Journal

Govan is a leading collector of crèches, or Christmas Nativity scenes, as well as the founding president of Friends of the Crèche Society (friendsofthecreche.org). Here, he opens with stories of his travels in search of contemporary examples of this genre. In the 12 sections that follow, he then details the unique qualities of more than 100 crèches from approximately 70 countries, discussing the evolution of the art form and the diverse cultural backgrounds from which the various examples were created. He further details the context of the crèche, its place as both a specific gift and an instrument of change, and its effect on families and individuals. Artists whose work is featured include a New Zealand carver and an American firefighter. The volume is clearly written and beautifully produced, with large color photographs (generally on facing pages) detailing the crèches' craftsmanship and various design features. Given the art form's specific religious focus, however, its appeal is limited. Recommended where there is interest.
—Alex Hartmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858944029
Publisher:
Merrell Publishers, LTD
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


James L. Govan is a collector of contemporary crèches and the Founding President of the Friends of the Crèche society. He is a former international aid and development worker. With his late wife, Emilia Govan, he searched all corners of the world for unique and unusual nativities.

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