Nativity art of old Spanish Christmas traditions is best seen with a slightly more modern touch by Tomas Morales Pérez.
the nativity scenes are to be taken with a pinch of salt. Why?
Beautiful craft works would be a more accurate classification for the
magnificent creations. The creation by Morales Pérez is on a wall at the exhibition center of the Belen Nativity scenes in Casa Ventoso. Its poster is depicted below.
In still art, the nativity displays of Bethlehem village life are now spread out on huge surfaces. In fact, Casa Ventoso is an ideal place to experience it all. It's said to have the most varied and biggest nativity miniature show of all Canary Islands. It even has the seal of value for humanity as clearly stated on its poster.
The beauty of the compositions by forms and colors almost reminds the impact of a classic Bruegel scene, as depicted above.
A cultural faux pas should not feature in the the latest trend of a nativity Belen scene.
A miniature wheel barrow is loaded with all kinds of meat where pork
excels. Even Spanish Cerano ham seems to be there. Jews don't eat pork,
as it's not halal but, unclean.
Most nativity scene changes happened in the last decade. Before, Spanish traditions used to follow the old ways for probably more than six centuries. Private homes, churches, all kinds of schools, shop windows, markets and even Tenerife hotels were displaying the Christmas scene with the newborn Christ. Tenerife Folk dress was often the attire of life size figurines.
Notice the realism art trend where Saint Joseph holds baby Jesus. Meantime, the mother of Jesus takes the well earned rest from giving birth. Those are the new ways of the twenty first millennium. In fact, many fathers care for babies and small children, nowadays. However, Saint Joseph hasn't been shown yet by doing any traditional house work of a woman.
Even a life size water wheel has been introduced in a Bethlehem village scene by the Orotava Town Hall. There, other every day objects together with shepherds, artisans, shop keepers and more are most surprising with amazing details.