Argentinian artist and Latter-day Saint Jorge Cocco is known for his unique “sacrocubist” style, painting sacred images using a post-cubist technique. And students walking the halls of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School will soon be even more familiar with his works, as seven new paintings have been unveiled as a permanent display outside the moot courtroom on the building’s third floor.
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The new paintings were commissioned by Jared Sine, a former BYU law student and chief business affairs and legal officer at Match Group, and his wife, Ruth. Jared Sine told Deseret News he was motivated by his personal experience as a law student:when he had emergency surgery and was hospitalized for two months, his professors and other students spent hours with him, reading and studying with him.
“These halls are hallowed halls ... because of the people who walk these halls and because it’s a place where the spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ flows freely. That’s not something that happens often in law buildings.”
According to Deseret News, the new BYU Law School’s mission statement, which was approved in 2021, includes the line, “We are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and honor his many roles, including healer, mediator, counselor, peacemaker, advocate, lawgiver and judge.”
You can see all seven new paintings—each representing one of the Savior’s roles mentioned in the new law school mission statement—in the gallery below.
Images from the seven-panel polyptych of scenes from Jesus Christ’s ministry
See the full paintings and read more about the Sines, the commission, and Cocco’s work on Deseret News.