Mini-Podcast - Episode 38: Medieval Nativity Scenes & Christmas Decorations

December 25, 2021

All around the world glittering decorations and lawn sculptures are appearing as December 25th draws near. Have you ever wondered why we associate twinkling lights, holly, or lawn sculptures with Christmas celebrations? Why are animals always included in depictions of the Nativity? Is there a reason the Virgin Mary is often depicted kneeling beside her son right after giving birth? Find out about medieval nativity illuminations, the history of the sculptural crèche and the origins of Christmas decorations today on the Les Enluminures podcast.

Resources: 

Neapolitan Crèche, 18th century, Art Institute of Chicago 
The Hours of Le Goux de La Berchère (Use of Paris)
The Hours of Françoise de Foix