In 1948, Helen Sewell (then a famous children’s book illustrator) created a crèche in a booklet. It must have been a year or two later when my mother’s mother saw it in Woolworth’s and bought it for me. I set to work with a pair of tiny plastic scissors and made a hash of it. But I still have it — and still love it.
The bright colors and faux-Renaissance aesthetic have remained with me as the essence of religious painting.
And who wouldn’t want to be born in a stable that is as beautiful as this one?