Rare Mormon paintings surface in Salt Lake store

by | May 25, 2010

News from Utah

Two rare, historic paintings that will interest Mormons have come into Anthony Christensen's possession.

Christensen is the owner of Anthony's Antique Center at 401 E. 200 South in Salt Lake City.

The paintings -- a 1903 rendition of Christ in America done by Danish artist CCA Christensen (no relation to Anthony Christensen) and an 1893 oil painting of the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Carl Wuttke -- are valuable pieces that will fetch a nice price but more importantly, Christensen says, they are the kind of find that makes his work exciting.

"It's more about having the opportunity to acquire it," Christensen said. The painting of the resurrected Christ in the New World is part of a 13-piece series. The other 12 are owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he said.

"I've only seen two CCA Christensen paintings in my 35 years of dealing with antiques," Christensen said. "His is probably the most original and earliest expression of Mormon art."

"Resurrected Christ in North America" is a "very charming" rendition of Christ speaking to a New World crowd that includes families with young children and several naked babies.

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