From the earliest Christians to present-day believers, the cross of Our Lord Jesus has inspired the faithful to produce incredible art – in stone, paint, textiles, metal, and precious stones – and reflect on its power in their lives. In this lavishly illustrated book, Serena Fass has married depictions of the cross from different cultures and Christian traditions with an equally broad collection of texts that bring out the inner meaning of the artworks she has selected.
Serena Fass has attempted to illustrate Jesus’ Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved.” (Mark 16: 15 – 16) and has presented a balance between the many different strands of the Christian faith, for each century, from the earliest Christians in Pompeii until today, and criss-crossing the globe from North to South: from Norway to Mozambique – and West to East: from Peru to Australia. Categories include architecture, painting, sculpture, ivories, textiles, metalwork, jewellery and portraits of people wearing crosses, as well as examples of the cross in nature.