Master of the Retable of the Reyes Catolicos, Spanish, active 15th century. The Nativity, late 15th century. Oil on pine wood panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 61.44.22
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Crèches restaging the birth of Jesus Christ have been a traditional symbol of Christmas throughout the world and through the ages. Using the Nativity scene, this lecture will examine the history of the crèche, and the traditions of art and faith that surround it.