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Art of the Cross [Hardcover]

Mary Emmerling , Jim Arndt
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2006
Art of the Cross celebrates one of the world's most recognized ancient symbols-the cross. This iconic symbol predates Christianity in cultures around the world, and has been used as a religious symbol and as an ornament from the dawn of civilization. Crosses have been found in almost every part of the old world, from Scandinavia where the Tau cross symbolized the hammer of the God Thor, to India, where the vertical shaft represents the higher, celestial states of being and the horizontal bar represents the lower, earthly states.

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About the Author

Jim Arndt is the author of How to Be a Cowboy and coauthor with Mary Emmerling of Art of the Cross, Art of Turquoise, Art of the Skull and Art of the Heart. He coauthored several Cowboy Boot books. He lives in Santa Fe.

One of the best-known names in American decorating, Mary Emmerling is the author of twenty books, many of them part of her American Country series. She is creative director of Country Home magazine and host of the Country at Home series on HGTV as well as a designer and collector. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection of an iconic symbol! Nov. 27 2006
I have to purchase a second copy just so I can frame the images!

This collection of photographs helps you truly understand Ms. Emmerling's fascination with crosses.

Her obsession becomes contagious as you leaf through the countless images leaving you informed, inspired and craving for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collecting Crosses Jan. 9 2007
By P. M. Willis - Published on
Having collected crosses for years, I truly have an appreciation for this book. I have followed Mary Emmerling's career since the 80's and read/own many of her books. I truly believe she is the founder of the Contemporary American Country look. Since she is the Creative Director/writer for Country Home magazine and I love her style, this is why I subscribe to the magazine.

I've had the pleasure knowing Nathalie Kent (whom is partly responsible for this book) for years and visiting her two shops in Santa Fe. In December of 2006 I had the pleasure and wonderful opportunity to meet with the photographer of the book, Jim Arndt. What a treat.

You don't have to be religious to admire this book. It's about appreciating "the art of the cross". For me, the photographs, colors and tactile feel of the book is just an added bonus to why I truly love this book! Hope to see a "second chapter" to this one!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Coffee Table Book .... May 19 2007
By M. Arendsee - Published on
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I purchased this book for a friend and took time to leaf through it. It is short on content (a little more history on what you are looking at would have been nice) but the photos are beautiful. Buyer be aware that this is not a comprehensive all encompassing look at the cross ... it is largley limited to spanish and native american works.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best! Nov. 25 2006
By Betsey B. Mccall - Published on
I have collected crosses for years, and I am so happy to have a book about

them filtered through Mary's impeccably elegant tastes. From thrift stores

to antique warehouses, she has brought together a stellar retrospective of

the cross in design. The photographs are beautiful and while it is not a

large size coffee table book, it's pretty affordable. I highly recommend it,

especially as a gift for the holiday season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of The Cross May 12 2007
By Valorie Hart - Published on
Very nice little book with good photography and personal and chatty and interesting text. If you are a cross collector you will love having this book to enhance your collection. Even now with crosses becoming popular decorative objects, many visitors to my home are startled by my collection. So now I hand them this pretty little book to peruse, and they kind of understand a reason behind a unique collection. This book is very well priced too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed Nov. 8 2006
By Mountain-Wild - Published on
I was so excited for this book to come out, but I think it needed two things; the photographs would probably look better if the book was a little larger and secondly, I would have enjoyed reading more background, more history about the works featured in the book. I love Mary Emmerling, but this book is simply weak. Before I purchased it through Amazon, I was considering it as an interesting Christmas gift for friends. Back to the drawing board...
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