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  1. An Antique Crèche, A Gift from Svatava Vizinová

     This "Antique" crèche is a reprint of a 1900 vintage nativity, and features a new back, complete with Gothic window, courtesy of Crechemania.com After my Basilica videos, I decided to give up all the Photoshop cutting and pasting — and try an X-acto knife, instead.

    The reason? Creating a new back for a lovely Czech nativity that my friend Svatava Vizinová sent me for Christmas.

    "It was printed in 1900," she writes, "in Vjperty Town. This is a reprint, of ...
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  2. The Ayala Altarpiece, a Gothic narrative of the Nativity

    The Ayala Altarpiece, a pictorial narrative in the Gothic linear style by an anonymous 14th century artist, is one of the Medieval masterpieces of the Art Institute of Chicago.

     The photographer/blogger is ithere to provide scale: the large Ayala Altarpiece fills a gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago. I was fourteen when I first saw the Art Institute of Chicago. I arrived in the Windy City by train from New York with my adoptive parents who brought me to America. ...
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  3. Berlin Cathedral Nativity

    The altar screen of Berlin Cathedral frames a video of this glorious historic church, and features its beautiful stained glass window of The Nativity. [/I][/B]

     Berlin Cathedral rises by the Altesmuseum in Berlin's Schlozzplatz.  Museumsinsel, Museum Island — outlined by the Spree and one of its tributaries — lies a short walk from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and draws visitors like a magnet: to its world-famous temples of history and art (Bodemuseum, Pergamonmuseum, Altesmuseum), ...
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  4. A Community Treasure — St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    (Mouseover the bottom left of screen to play/pause the video; bottom right to mute the music.) Red columns — symbolizing Christ's blood and sacrifice — that frame our St. Joseph Cathedral Nativity — painted by Bulgarian artist Stoyko Stoykov — video will support the new baldacchino, designed by Liturgical Architect Duncan G. Stroik. It will rise high above the altar of the Cathedral and be crowned by a dome. (Architectural renderings by Duncan G. Stroik Architects, courtesy St. Joseph Cathedral.) ...
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  5. "The Jewel of the South" — St. Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, Georgia

    Enter St. Joseph, and you enter a beautiful sanctuary filled with light, music — courtesy of Organist/Director of Music Ms. Nelda Chapman — and incomparable art: the unmistakable, incredible, stained glass windows by Munich masters Mayer & Co.

    An angel plays the harp and the Virgin cradles the newborn Child in The Nativity window, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, Georgia. Another angel — Organist/Director of Music Ms. Nelda Chapman — fills St. Joseph, and our video, with ...
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