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Art of the Creche: Nativities from Around the World [Hardcover]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   3.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2007
Publisher   Merrell
ISBN  1858944023  
EAN  9781858944029  

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James L. Govan is a collector of contemporary creches and the Founding President of the Friends of the Creche 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.

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A top pick for all kinds of collections  Apr 4, 2008
One of the finest Christmas customs is the presentation of the story of Christ's birth in a creche, or nativity scene - and ART OF THE CRECHE celebrates this art, surveying over a hundred nativities from around the world and the craft involved in their production. The author is a top collector of creches and a former international aid worker: he and his late wife thus traveled the world in search of these unique nativities. With its color photos, international focus and spiritual insights, ART OF THE CRECHE is a top pick for all kinds of collections, from spiritual holdings to general-interest public libraries.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
A wonderful addition to a collection  Jan 27, 2008
This book was purchased as a gift for a friend who collects creches from around the world. She was delighted and found many new things that she now will look for in her travels. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves seeing how the nativity has been depicted in many different cultures. It is almost as good as a world tour.
Beautiful!  Jan 24, 2008
I bought this book for my mother who collects nativity scenes from around the world. The pictures are beautiful, and we found all the insights and descriptions very interesting. This makes a wonderful gift.
ideal holiday gift book showcases Nativity scenes from around the world  Nov 14, 2007
From Govan's work in international aid and development, he saw creches in all parts of the world. Their styles ranged from folk art, artistic works, a few simple figures, elaborate scenes, colorless pieces of carved wood, multicolored panoramas, to realistic to modernistic. He became interested enough in creches to start a Friends of the Creche Society; and to collect creches for his own enjoyment and for exhibition and media spots.

One hundred and fifty of the varied nativity scenes are pictured in color related to the country they came from with the individuals who made them identified when known. Close-ups of features of many for appreciation of details bring the total number of photographs to more than 200. Pictured against only the white of the pages, the creches with their varied figures in their intended arrangement stand out. Especially, with no background or context, their variety and the uniqueness of each are highlighted.

Govan's short comments for each creche concentrate on how he came to acquire it, the artistic goal of its creator, the figures seen in it (e. g., an African Yao tribal king, a Navajo Indian), and its materials. Some creches Govan commissioned; some were made by artists or art groups; and some were given to him for his collection to represent a particular country or ethnic group.

This large-size, coffee-table art book makes an ideal gift for the holiday season, one which will offer recurring enjoyment.
A true work of reverential art  Oct 19, 2007
James Govan and his wife Emilia were thoughtful collectors of the art of the Christian nativity scene. This beautiful volume, dedicated to Jim's late wife, is an exquisite presentation that shares both their joy and knowledge of this very special art form. Photographs and narration combine to give the reader information about the individual sets, their creators, the background of the artisans and the countries they work in, and the art of the nativity generally. Aficionados and casual observers alike will find this book well-done and illuminating.
And it would make a lovely Christmas gift!

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