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NYC – Metropolitan Museum of Art – Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
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From November 20, 2007 through January 6, 2008, the Metropolitan Museum of Art continued a long-standing holiday tradition with the annual presentation of its Christmas tree in the Medieval Sculpture Hall. A vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity sceneembellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering aboveadorns the candlelit spruce.

The exhibit of the crèche was made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s permanent collection contains more than two million works of art from around the world. It opened its doors on February 20, 1872, housed in a building located at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Under their guidance of John Taylor Johnston and George Palmer Putnam, the Met’s holdings, initially consisting of a Roman stone sarcophagus and 174 mostly European paintings, quickly outgrew the available space. In 1873, occasioned by the Met’s purchase of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriot antiquities, the museum decamped from Fifth Avenue and took up residence at the Douglas Mansion on West 14th Street. However, these new accommodations were temporary; after negotiations with the city of New York, the Met acquired land on the east side of Central Park, where it built its permanent home, a red-brick Gothic Revival stone "mausoleum" designed by American architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mold. As of 2006, the Met measures almost a quarter mile long and occupies more than two million square feet, more than 20 times the size of the original 1880 building.

In 2007, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was ranked #17 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1967. The interior was designated in 1977.

National Historic Register #86003556

New York Christmas
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Image by alh1
Loads of stalls selling decorative and artistic stuff.

New York 230
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Image by Martin Klefas-Stennett

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