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What are some famous images of crosses?

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Some famous images of the cross are the San Damiano Cross and the Christ of St. John of the Cross by Salvador Dali. Separated by eight centuries, these two images are among the most well-known depictions of the cross.

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The San Damiano Cross originally hung in the Church of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy. It was made famous by St. Francis of Assisi, who claimed to have heard Christ tell him to "rebuild my church" while he was praying before it, according to Fr. Michael Scanlon. It was painted in the 12th century by an unknown artist.

Christ of St. John of the Cross was painted by Salvador Dali in 1951. The painting was inspired by a drawing St. John of the Cross created after the saint experienced an ecstatic vision of Christ in the 16th century. It is "by far the most popular of all Dali's religious works," claims Dalipaintings.net.

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