Christ-themed works of Carl Bloch to be displayed at BYU

Just a few decades after the restoration of the Church, a 19-century Danish artist named Carl Heinrich Bloch accepted a commission to make 23 paintings of the life of Christ. Although the Lutheran artist would craft his work a half a world away from the headquarters of the fledgling Church, his paintings depicting faith-promoting moments from the Savior's mortal mission would eventually be recognized and beloved by Latter-day Saints worldwide.

In 1955, the Church began featuring Bloch's paintings on the life of Christ in the Improvement Era magazine. Other reproductions of his work would later find their way into the Ensign and on the walls of temples, meetinghouses and visitors' centers throughout the Church. While he was not a member of the faith, Mormons have come to identify Bloch as one of the defining artists of the Savior.

To celebrate the work of Carl Bloch and his artistic connection to the LDS community, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art is preparing to unveil an exhibit dedicated to the artist's Christ-themed work. "Carl Bloch: The Master's Hand" will be on view on the museum's main level beginning Nov. 12. The exhibit will feature over 250 paintings and 78 etchings, including five large altar paintings on loan from Lutheran churches in Denmark and Sweden.

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