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BYU museum readies exhibition of Christ paintings by Carl Bloch

If the Mormon church has a favorite artist, it may be 19th century Danish painter Carl Heinrich Bloch, whose florid depictions of the life of Jesus Christ are often featured in literature and other promotional material published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This month, Brigham Young University's Museum of Art in Utah will present "Carl Bloch: The Master's Hand," an exhibition featuring five of the artist's large altar paintings from churches in Denmark and Sweden. The show will have additional religious paintings and etchings by Bloch on loan from Danish institutions, said the museum.

"Carl Bloch" is set to run Nov. 12 through May 7 at the museum's location in Provo. Admission is free but visitors must register online for tickets.

Bloch, who died in 1890, was a Lutheran and his life pre-dated the rise of Mormonism around the world. His paintings of Christ are colorful representations that depict the Messiah with devotional respect and fervency. Among the works on display in the museum show will be Bloch's 1883 painting "Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda," which the Mormon church acquired in 2001.
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