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Art of the Cross Hardcover – September 8, 2006

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Art of the Cross

MARY EMMERLING

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIM ARNDT

The cross is an intriguing icon whose meaning is as varied and wide ranging as the cultures that have embraced it. From pagans to Celtics to Christians and Native cultures, all have been drawn to the form of the cross for the power and energy it exudes.

The romance of the cross is an enduring statement of faith, protection, commitment and adoration. Crosses in art are loved for their exquisite materials and design. In hand-woven rugs, fashionable silver jewelry, beadwork, candleholders, leatherwork and architectural ornament The Art of the Cross celebrates the Southwest Native, Mexican and Spanish interpretations of this beloved symbol.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (September 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423601157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423601159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. M. Willis on January 9, 2007
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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!
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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.
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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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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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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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This book is part memoir, and mostly photographs. I like the full page photos because they show not only a cross, but a "mood." Although I'm a big cowboy boot fan, the photos of the jewelry are actually my favorites...lots of luster and detail. This book is a great gift for a wanderer or a "collector" ...and a wonderful souvenir for anyone who love Santa Fe.
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I am very much into crosses as a decorating tool as their are very inspirational and beautiful to look at. Mary Emmerling always does a great job - more pictures would have been a 5 star "LOVE IT"
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Many people are collectors of crosses. For all of you our there who are fascinated with the many, many ways artisans portray the cross, then this is a lovely book for you to have in your personal space. Thanks to Mary Emmerling, we are blessed with books such as this one!
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