Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at the Met

The Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the newly fabricated Angel Tree, a magnificent Christmas tree that has been installed annually at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for several decades. The Angel Tree's lights, Neapolitan Baroque creche figures - taken from the Loretta Hines Howard Collection and featuring exquisitely sculpted heads and garments of flowing silk - and landscaping have been completely recreated, offering a more interesting and varied terrain, as well as greater visibility. Renowned photojournalist Elliott Erwitt now documents this new exhibition in a spectacular way, focusing his camera on the figures, attributed to leading artists of eighteenth-century Naples, Italy. The crib scene, the tree of angels and the pilgrim figures, each dressed in the clothes of their trade or country, have been photographed in the new fibre-optic lighting, revealing details as they have never been seen before.