The symbol of the cross has been a fundamental constant in Prof. Arnulf Rainer’s work and journey.

For the first time an entire block of the artist’s work on the central theme of the “cross” has been collected in this book, which documents a period of 50 years. It includes every cross etching produced from 1956 to 2009.

This publication marks a collection which has brought together all these works for the first time anywhere in the world. Close collaboration with Atelier Rainer, with the Arnulf Rainer Museum, with the authors Friedhelm Mennekes and Rainer Michael Mason and with Eva Möseneder of the Druckwerkstätte Salzburg has made it possible to give these works, 61 crosses, an academic and appropriate context.