Saturday, February 5, 2022

2021 November: Danish Artist's Life of Christ

Just want to show you the lovely Carl Bloch paintings of the life of Christ.  These 19 paintings were photographed by our church in 1990, using better technology and also better light than is in the room where they are housed in the Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.  

You can read about our adventures in Denmark and southern Sweden in the previous post.  

Below are the Carl Bloch paintings, followed by a picture of the magnificent sculpture, The Christus, (also known as The Resurrected Christ) by Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen.  Copies of this statue are in many of our church visitor's centers.  We were thrilled to see the original paintings and sculptures on our trip to Denmark in November 2021.

“The angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt … bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall … be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:30–32, 35.) (Details of Mary and the Angel.)

“When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she … said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” (Luke 1:41–42.) (Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth.)

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7.) (The Birth of Jesus.)

“The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day … a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11.) (Detail of The Annunciation to the Shepherds.)

“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” (Luke 2:46–47.) (The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple.)

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4:10.) (Get Thee Hence, Satan.)

“The ruler of the feast … tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;). … This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee.” (John 2:9, 11.) (The Marriage at Cana.)

“When he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, … And said unto them … , Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” (John 2:15–16.) (Christ Cleansing the Temple.)

“Jesus … said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water … shall be in him a well … springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13–14.) (Christ and the Samaritan Woman.)

“When he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:1–3.) (The Sermon on the Mount.)

“A certain man … had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?” (John 5:5–6.) (Christ Healing the Sick at the Pool of Bethesda.)

“Jesus … leadeth [Peter, James, and John] up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. … And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.” (Mark 9:2, 4.) (The Transfiguration.)

“As Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. … He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. … He went … and came seeing.” (John 9:1, 6–7.) (Christ Healing the Blind Man.)

“He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes.” (John 11:43–44.) (The Resurrection of Lazarus.)

“Then were there brought unto him little children, … and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 19:13–14.) (Suffer the Little Children to Come unto Me.)

“He said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15–16.) (The Last Supper.)

“The Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered … how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:61–62.) (Peter’s Denial.)

“Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, … said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:28, 30.) (The Crucifixion.)

“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes. … Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and … a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus.” (John 19:40–42.) (The Burial of Christ.)

He is Risen!! 
LeRon and Colleen in 2019 at the Rome Temple Visitor's Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, standing next to a copy of Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen's, Christus with the 12 Apostles in the background.  So exciting to see the original in Copenhagen in November 2021.


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