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The Lighting of the Bethlehem Tree

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

5:15 PM cash bar; 6 PM program

Please join the staff and friends of the Mississippi Museum of Art for the lighting of the Bethlehem Tree. This year, the annual holiday tradition is accompanied by refreshments and a choral performance. This event is held in conjunction with The Museum Store Holiday Open House. Cost: Free to the public.

The Bethlehem Tree and Younger Foundation Crèche Collection features more than 100 authentic 18th-century Neapolitan angel and Nativity figures in an opulent Italian crèche setting surrounding a traditional Christmas tree. In addition to the figures of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the Three Magi, the collection includes a host of angels and more than 75 townspeople from all walks of life. The Bethlehem Tree collection was inspired by a 1985 trip to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) by Mrs. Jewell Younger Graeber of Marks, Mississippi. There she first viewed the world-renowned Angel Tree exhibition and was so moved that she began to build her own collection of handcrafted Italian figures through private venues and auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Like those on display at the Met, the figures in the Younger collection are made of metal wrapped in hemp. The heads and shoulders are painted terra cotta; the eyes, glass. Hands and feet are made of wood. Each figure is dressed in a costume of meticulous and minute detail. On view November 28 – December 31, 2017.