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Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World
By James L. Govan (Merrell, hardcover, 208 pages)
Posted May 23, 2010 0 Downloads; (15648 views)
"Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World " celebrates the devotional tableau inspired by the gentlest of the great Medieval saints, St. Francis of Assissi. The practice of constructing crèches spread throughout Europe from the 13th century on, and somewhat later, to North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Craftsmen of each country create their nativities in exuberant local styles that we would now define as indigenous… Read more...

Krippen—Nativity Scenes, Crèches
Treasures from the Bayeriches NationalMuseum
Posted Jun 11, 2010 0 Downloads; (6945 views)
If this little book only contains, "A small portion of the collection represented," in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum of Munich, but you'll love every nativity on its pages, paper or three-dimensional. Read more...

Santi Auguri!
Posted May 24, 2010 0 Downloads; (9723 views)
So you can't read Italian? Neither do I, but what does it matter? You'll enjoy looking at all of the nativities of Santi Auguri! just the same. Elisabetta Gulli Grigioni and Vittorio Pranzini's book presents, "Mangers of paper, saints, devotional calendars, in order to augur the Good Feast (19-20 centuries)… Read more...

The Christmas Crèche—Treasure of Faith, Art, & Theater
By Matthew Powell, O.P.
Posted Jun 11, 2010 0 Downloads; (6628 views)
Could anyone else be a better guide than Father Matthew Powell in this wondrous journey through centuries of crèche history, lore, tradition, and craftsmanship? With chapters titled, "The Celebration of Christmas," and Saint Francis and Devotion to the Infant Jesus," Father Powell details the roots of The Greatest Story Ever Told, and its "special observance" by St. Francis "on Christmas Eve, 1223, in Greccio, a village about midway between Rome and Assisi. Read more...

Toy Theatres of the World
By Peter Baldwin
Posted Jun 11, 2010 0 Downloads; (15369 views)
Before he endeared himself in the PBS classic Upstairs, Downstairs, Peter Baldwin was a toy theater aficionado. It's this magical world of the toy theater that he presents in his book, and you wonder if he ever thought what wonderful theater nativities all those colorful toy theater proscenia could create… Read more...

Weihnachts-Krippen Aus Papier
Christmas Paper Cribs, by Norbert Langenbach
Posted Jun 11, 2010 0 Downloads; (8802 views)
"They emerged at the end of the 18th century as a popular form of home Christmas decoration, and Norbert Langenbach offers the most beautiful examples of cribs from more than three centuries, from Germany, Europe, and beyond…"
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