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GHC Presents: A Christmas Canvas: Paintings of the Nativity Story

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Around the holidays, the images that surround us promote holiday hours and doorbusters.  The Geneva History Center will host Paintings of the Nativity Story on December 4 at 7 p.m.   This program is designed to emphasize images that are central to the meaning of the season.   Art Historian Jeff Mishur will show imagery that deals with the Nativity.   He will discuss and compare the images with one another to reveal the multiple layers of meanings that can be conveyed even within the same subject matter.

Various artists from different cultures and time periods will be included to provide a broad look at an important tradition in Art History.   Some artists whose work will be discussed include Botticelli, Van Eyck, Tanner, Martini, Fabriano, Campin, and van der Goes.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the Neapolitan Creche, featuring the Holy Family along with angels, shepherds, animals, wise men and commoners.  The Creche collection was acquired over a number of years by Kate Raftery, founder of The Little Traveler, during her many buying trips in Europe.  The collection is displayed in an 18th century French Provincial corner bed.  The Crèche has become an important part of the Christmas tradition at the Geneva History Center.

This exciting program is sponsored by The Little Traveler, the cornerstone of Geneva’s unique shopping district on Third Street and original owner of the Neapolitan Creche.  The event will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at the Geneva History Center, 113 South Third Street, in the heart of Geneva’s downtown historic district.  Admission is $10, $5 for GHC members, free to Herrington Circle members.  Please RSVP online at www.genevahistorycenter.org or call 630-232-4951 for more information.

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