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The following Nativities are each displayed in a unique permanent setting created by Marian Library Crèche Collection volunteers. The descriptive text for each was written by Father Johann Roten, S.M.

nativity set from Finland

Minimal Art?
Kaija Aarikka

Northern religiosity, Scandinavian in particular, is not known for its high spirits and emotional expansivity. Religion may be a matter of intense interiority, but its outward signs are sober words, empty walls and impassive reverence. This spirit is reflected in our nativity set. Reminiscent of minimal art, and a far cry from Neopolitan drama, these figures convey a message of "do-it-yourself." Indeed, minimal art allows for a maximum of personal involvement. Incarnation begs for a personal touch....your touch, our touch.

– ML.1123.02




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