Synopses & Reviews
One of the most enduring and universal Christmas traditions is the crèche, or the Nativity scene: a representation of the story of Christs 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.
One of the most enduring and universal Christmas customs is the representation of the story of Christ's birth in the form of a creche, or nativity scene. Art of the Creche conveys the worldwide appeal of this tradition, explored through over 100 exquiste nativities created by the indigenous cultures of more than 70 countries. This is a delightful album tht will appeal to anyone interested in folk art, cultural traditions and collectables.
About 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.