Danish painter Carl Bloch’s inspired paintings are incredibly well-known among members of the LDS Church due to the widespread use of his paintings in published materials and church buildings for the past 40 years. The Church has also produced films depicting scriptural accounts of Christ’s mortal ministry, using Bloch’s paintings as a reference. One of the most notable examples of this can be seen in a number of scenes in the movie The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd.
In 1973, President Thomas S. Monson (not president at the time) traveled to Denmark to see 23 of Carl Bloch’s paintings of the life of Christ in person. President Monson said of his experience, “When I see a Carl Bloch painting, I feel… the spirit of Jesus and His ministry come alive. I want to follow His example, and, as a result, the depiction becomes a vibrant lesson of life.”
Carl Bloch was born in Copenhagan, Denmark in 1834. He painted numerous pieces over the course of his lifetime. He left behind eight children when he died of cancer at the age of 56, in 1890.
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