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Santa Maria Novella Nativity
A Premium Download with a classic façade — that of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence

The classic façade of Santa Maria Novella outlines a paper nativity.
A vintage nativity with great art and a front so unevenly cut that a restoration was in order...
The classic façade of Santa Maria Novella, in Florence, provided the blueprint.

A classic inspiration

There's so much to love about the vintage nativity at left — the small scale, the fine art, that lovely embossed "Glory to God in the Highest!" banner.

Actually, it's printed in German, Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe!, an added flourish of the German artists who created this little masterpiece of the crèche designer's art.

What gave me pause was the bad shape of this fold-out nativity: tears, stains, candle wax meant a couple of days of restoration.

But that i could live with.

What I couldn't was its odd shape: asymmetrical I can live with. But uneven? It looked like someone had taken an X-acto knife to the poor thing. Surely, this façade needed a bit of work.

Then the answer came to me, so obvious I wonder why I hadn't thought of it before: why not use the beautiful façade of the first Basilica of Florence, Santa Maria Novella? (See image, below left.)

Faced in dark-and-light marble and accented with elegant "S" shaped volutes that obscure the slopping tile roof, it provided the perfect outline for a crèche. (See top of page.)

I began by pruning and rearranging the roses, moving the Gloria banner, and filling in the Santa Maria Novella façade outline with my Photoshop paintbrush.

The only thing I haven't resolved quite yet is which do I love more? This charming paper nativity or it's glorious name?


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Santa Maria Novella Nativity
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A beautiful façade that's easy to cut; four layers that are easy to assemble; and a set of instructions that you probably won't read — you can assemble the Santa Maria Novella Nativity by just looking at the pictures.
Item No: PMK No. 102
Price: $17.95
Size: 4 x 4.75 x 1.75 inches.
Format: PDF
File Size: 688 KB
Attributes: Fold-out, 4 layers
Provenance: Germany
Copyright: Crèchemania
Price Guide:
An original vintage nativity like this was recently sold for $165.76

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