The Cross

The cross is the symbol of Christ's suffering at the hands of the Roman authorities, his death on the cross and his sacrifice. It is the most important Christian symbol and the identifying sign of the faith. Different forms of the cross sometimes have specific meanings.

  • Altar cross
  • Italy, 1600-10
  • Museum no. M.508-1956
 
The Cross
 

Select a sign or symbol

Plain Cross
Plain Cross

Patriarchal Cross
Patriarchal Cross

Tree Cross
Tree Cross