"Crossing the Mississippi Feb. 1846" by C.C.A. Christensen.

Anthony's Fine Art & Antiques, 400 E. 200 South, purchased and immediately sold a rare Mormon pioneer painting of Nauvoo by artist C.C.A. Christensen (1831-1912).

The Danish artist is described as "the most significant first-generation genre painter of the Mormon people" by Richard G. Oman, curator of the LDS Church's Museum of Church History and Art.

Christensen is best known for his Mormon Panorama, a series of 23 large paintings depicting LDS Church history from Joseph Smith's vision in the Sacred Grove to the coming of Mormons into the valley of the Great Salt Lake.

His Nauvoo painting, on display at Anthony's through Nov. 15, depicts the exodus from the city across the frozen Mississippi River in Feb. 1846. — Dave Gagon