Master Sculptor Timothy Schmalz Unveils Life-Size Bronze and Hand Sculpts Live at Museum of the Bible

Published: Dec 2, 2019

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Washington, D.C., December 2, 2019- At Museum of the Bible, you can celebrate Christmas by attending the live sculpting of the nativity and a special unveiling of the life-size Maternal Bond by master sculptor Timothy Schmalz. Museum of the Bible and National Museum of Catholic Art and Library (NMCAL) partner for a special exhibit and family educational programs. Beginning November 26 through January 5, 2020, Maternal Bond will be displayed at Museum of the Bible. 

Since 1233, when Saint Francis created the original nativity scene to teach about the birth of Jesus, it has been a global tradition. Now, renowned master sculptor Timothy Schmalz will create a nativity sculpture live in the museum December 6-8, 2019. Schmalz will work Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The finished sculpture will depict a three-foot scene of Jesus, Mary and Joseph made of clay. While producing the nativity scene, Schmalz will interact with guests, describing how he works as an artist and how the biblical texts shape his work.

Then, on Sunday, December 8, Museum of the Bible and NMCAL will unveil this nativity scene. Our event features guest speakers Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Jim Nicholson, Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, chief curatorial officer at Museum of the Bible, and Christina Cox, NMCAL president. The event, from 2 to 4 p.m., will include the mezzo-soprano Grace Gori performing classics from composers J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel. A Christmas reception featuring family activities with the artist will follow.

For more than 25 years, Schmalz has been sculpting large-scale creations. He is a figurative artist whose work is featured in installations worldwide including installed in historical churches in Rome and at the Vatican. He describes his work as visual translations of the Bible. Angels Unawares was recently installed in St. Peter’s Square as a permanent sculpture in Vatican City and was blessed by Pope Francis.

Participation in any part of this program is free with museum admission.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was not room for them at the inn.”

Bring your family and friends and join us for this joyful event. Museum of the Bible is located at 400 4th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. 

Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the transformative power of the Bible.

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