In the first paragraph in the article is mentioned that as a boy Soren's
father took him to a castle in Germany where the paintings were on display.
That's not correct. The paintings were in the Frederiksborg castle in
I loved visiting the Bloch exhibit at BYU. I was stunned and moved to tears by
the beautiful works that he created. He definitely had divine inspiration as he
Bloch so perfectly captures the sense of Diety when painting the Savior that we
love his work; he provides us a visual of the Savior and the realism helps us
strive to become more like what we see.
The LDS Church has established itself in the area of religious art. By
perpetuating the works of artists like Bloch and Thorvaldsen they are doing a
great service.Adding to that list, a great deal of LDS art is circulating
among other Christians. It is common to see art by Anderson (7th Day
Adventist), Parson, Olsen, Dewey, Rane, Swindle, Barrett, Scott,
Teichert...being used to express love of the Savior by non-Mormons.Not a
bad lot of artists for one church.
What wonderful, inspired art!Thanks to Mr. Edsberg, who, in his own
right, is an outstanding artist, for preserving and promoting it.Bloch's works are too beautiful and the Church too orderly for his works
to have "also littered" its publications. Simply, they appear often in
After many years living in Europe, Bloch became one of our favorite artists.
While I appreciate that many people want to own these paintings, they belong in
a museum for all to enjoy.