Italy has been a center of art and culture for hundreds, thousands of years, offering the world wonderful paintings, sculpture, music, food, wine and more. So many of its gifts to us are characterized by a flair for color and exuberance, lifting our spirits as we delight in their artistry and craft. One of Italy’s oldest arts goes back as far as the 8th century: brilliantly colored art glass from the island of Murano, near Venice. Its designs include the kaleidoscopic “millefiori” (a thousand flowers) and unbelievably tiny glass flower mosaics. And now the Book Shop has for you a selection of Murano glass crosses, in many sizes and shapes, Greek or Latin, subtly or brightly colored, all intriguing to see and touch.
These mysterious and fascinating pieces remind us of how very many and varied ways we consider our primary Christian symbol. A plain wooden cross suggests simplicity and perhaps poverty; a jeweled or golden cross says how we treasure the thought of Christ; a very modern cross tells how important Christ is for our own day, and how worthy of attention. These Italian beauties seem to glow with light, and their profusions of tiny flowers speak of joy and abundant life (and perhaps the ‘lilies of the field’ as well). Yet another splendid reason to visit the Book Shop—come and see!