Celtic Cross II
Celtic Cross II
CELTIC CROSS II
Serigraph on treated parchment paper
9″ x 12″ Actual Image Size
Copyright 2001 Michael Carroll
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The hallmark feature of the ancient Celtic cross is its prominent ring. The cross developed its distinctive shape over the centuries, beginning with the familiar XPI or Chi Rho symbol. This was enclosed within a circle but gradually lost its P as the X and I shifted into the familiar cross within a ring.
The earliest stone crosses were carved in relief onto simple flat slabs. Later on as knotwork came into fashion the artists began to drill their grid holes all the way through the stone, creating an open lattice. Eventually the cross itself was liberated from the rock background and became a freestanding monument.
The ring or wheel shape proved to be as useful as it was decorative: the ring now helped bear the weight of the cross’ heavy arms.
CELTIC CROSS II is an original design by Michael Carroll, done in the style of the ancients. The symbols of the Four Evangelists are present, as well as a depiction of the arrest of Christ. In Celtic Christian times, the stone carvers often depicted Biblical scenes for the benefit of those who could not read...much like stained glass windows later in the Medieval period.
CELTIC CROSS II was designed, transferred to screen and printed entirely by hand by the artist. Each print is unique, the parchment paper having been treated with gouache by the artist to achieve an aged appearance.
Original Artwork created in the style of the ancient Celts
Hand treated paper recreates the look of antique parchment
Hand-printed and signed by the artist