"Of all the world's great religious symbols, the Cross is the most widespread and the most enduring. This beautiful book celebrates it in all its countless varieties, as perhaps it has never been celebrated before."--John Julius Norwich, chairman of Venice in Peril (1971-2000), chairman of Serenissima Travel (1972-1987)
"This is a wonderful book. These images, gathered in one place, are an unique experience for the believer and non-believer alike. They are extraordinary artistic representations of great beauty from all over the world. Serena Fass's passion to follow her path is palpable as you turn the pages."--David Verey, chairman of the Tate Gallery Trustees (1998-2004), chairman of the Art Fund (2004-)
Serena Fass has compiled a collection of many important and beautiful representations of the Cross, spanning different strands of the Christian faith from the earliest Christians in Pompeii to the present day, and criss-crossing the globe from Norway to Zimbabwe and Peru to Australia.
Works are illustrated in a variety of media, including architecture, painting, sculpture, ivories, textiles, metalwork, and jewelry, as well as examples of the Cross manifest in nature. Serena has tried to convey the wide variety of cultural representations that illustrate Jesus's great commission to "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15).