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Cradle to Cross

Cradle to Cross celebrates Christ’s incarnation and then visually meditates on the cross. Each of the pieces in the exhibition is a delicate translation in line and gold, recreating specific historical works as ‘icons’ from the canon of Western Art. Cradle to Cross begins with an interpretation of Simone Martini’s Annunciation, includes a Nativity, Madonna and child, Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee, a Descent from the Cross, and concludes with Piero della Francesco’s Resurrection. There are also several delicately drawn gilded crosses. These crosses hung above the altar in Medieval churches and when people came forward for communion, they were literally 'under the cross,' a profound concept.

Each of the 26 historical pieces is carefully reproduced in silhouette form, painted on Twinrocker May Linen, a feather deckled handmade paper. A layer of iridescent oil crayon is added to the painted area and thin sheets of 22-carat German gold leaf are then applied to the surface. Finally, the original image is suggestively drawn using pencil, stylus, etching points or anything that will incise the somewhat soft layers of gold. Lines extend through and beyond the frame of the piece giving an almost architectural setting for the work.

Exhibition Schedule

November 1, 2018 to March 3, 2019
All Saints PCA
7808 Rialto Blvd, Austin, TX 78735
Contact person: David Lutes
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512 732 8383

February 17 to April 17, 2020
Bluefield College
3000 College Ave
Bluefield VA 24605
Contact person: Walter T Shroyer
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  • Cradle to Cross has approximately 26 works and comes in cardboard boxes for easy shipping via FedEx or UPS. A packet of information is supplied to each venue that has files for labels, a small handout, and shipping information etc.
  • There is a charge of $250 for this exhibition which can be applied toward the purchase of art. Each venue is responsible for shipping.