Comments about ‘Major BYU exhibit may give Christendom a new favorite painting, draw 200,000 visitors’

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Published: Friday, Nov. 15 2013 8:00 a.m. MST

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Appleton, WI

I'm happy to see that the Carl Bloch painting was not Photoshopped for modesty or wings as it was in the December 2011 Ensign.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I hope they do a Jon McNaughton exhibit really soon.

American Fork, UT

The people in the pictures tend to look a bit more like cast members of 'riverdance' than perhaps I would have expected of someone from that place and time.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Goody. Another Bloch exhibit. Correlated art.


Depiction of the angel sent to strengthen Christ during atonement in garden as a female gender is inspiration.

Was it our glorious mother Eve who initiated the fall?

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Beautiful Art. The images of Jesus, however, all seem to resemble a Swede more than they do a Palestinian Jew. There is no chance that Jesus looked anything like this. Scholars refer to the popular depiction of Jesus in art as "the Nordic Jesus", painted this way to make Europeans think that Jesus was one of them.

Salt Lake City, UT

No one knows exactly what Jesus looked like 2,000+ years ago, but depending on your belief, only his mother was a Jew, and his father was either Heavenly Father or the Holy Spirit or something? Just because his mother was a Jew doesn't mean that she looked similar to Jewish women today. Because His Father was God means Jesus could have looked a lot like Him as well :)

Honeyville, UT

Those of you criticizing the art don't get it. I don't mean this as a personal attack, although I get the sense that some of you are mocking the believers who cherish what this art represents.

Of course these paintings don't look like Christ. None of the artists lived in that time or in Jerusalem. But it is the expressions, the colors and the circumstances they represent to the believers.

But there is such a thing (or at least there used to be) as respect for the beliefs and ideas of others even if we disagreed with them. Have you all fallen so low in your civility that you no longer can respectfully disagree. I realize these comment boards are anonymous, but one would think you would still have enough personal integrity to show respect or at least keep your mocking comments about something that many hold sacred to yourselves, just out of respect. Apparently not. Sad.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

The purpose of religious art is to provide a visual image of what the scene may have looked like.
If it enriches the scriptures it has done its job.
Secularists are looking for an authentic cultural representation of someone they do not believe even existed.
Thanks for your input...but no thanks.

Anchorage, AK

Roland Kayser posted:
The images of Jesus, however, all seem to resemble a Swede more than they do a Palestinian Jew. There is no chance that Jesus looked anything like this.

For all we know, God may look like a Norwegian. As the scriptures state that Jesus is the spitting image of his Father, I'd assume God's genes were dominant over Mary's.

Alternatively, Since artists use from the environment around them, and many Christian artists seem to be from the Scandinavia are, well, form follows function.

Magna, UT

Whatever He truly looks like, I only hope I can live my life in such a way that He will say of me when the time comes, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." - Matthew 25:21

I look forward to being able to see this exhibit for myself.

Bluffdale, UT

Des News,
So where is the picture this article is about? I thought it might be in the article's picture gallery.

layton, UT

RE: Mark Magleby said, “that the sacrifice took place primarily in the Garden of Gethsemane. Wrong,
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.(1 John 3:16) God on the Cross.

For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God(1Cor 1:18).

South Jordan, Utah

Art is a great way for an artist to convey their own interpretations on events and we can often feel emotions by the way they present their artwork. These "literal" comments people are posting, including how Christ looks and scriptural references are all quite amusing. Just go to the museum and enjoy what you are seeing/feeling and leave the petty comments at the door! I think it's great that I don't have to travel to the Louvre or even to San Francisco to see some really beautiful inspiring artwork. And yes, it's within BYU, a private religious school campus, which means it is PROBABLY intended to draw people who believe in the Bible and Jesus Christ. They can do that!!!

A Scientist
Provo, UT

"...because of the Mormon doctrine of the Atonement, that the sacrifice took place primarily in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Christ took upon himself all of our sufferings."

Where is that in scripture? Is this really official doctrine if the Church, or just more cultural LDS mythology?

Jeffrey Swanson
Sandy, UT

Scientist, I assume your question was asked in sincerity. The atonement took place in Gethsemane and on the cross. The pain on the cross was not just physical but included the total separation of Christ from his Father when he cried out in agony "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" To try and separate the suffering of the garden from the cross is not scriptural in the LDS Church. Although thousands had been crucified ,before and after Jesus, only he had the power to stop his suffering and the courage to persist and allow it until he could say" it is finished." In the JST those words are followed by " thy will is done."

layton, UT

RE: Jeffrey Swanson, Twenty-eight Prophecies Fulfilled On the Crucifixion Day ,On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, all the prophecies concerning His suffering were fulfilled in every detail—a lasting testimony that Jesus truly is the Messiah.

But,Manyl important early(than the KJV)Greek manuscripts along with diverse and widespread witnesses lack Luke 22:44, “And in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

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