Carl Bloch Paintings on Display in Utah

  • 24 November 2010

Article Highlights

  • Nearly 30 original paintings by Carl Bloch are on display at BYU.
  • The display runs November 12, 2010, to May 7, 2011.
  • Admission is free, but tickets are required.

After nearly a decade of planning, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art unveiled its latest exhibit, “Carl Bloch: The Master’s Hand” last week. The exhibit features nearly 30 of Bloch’s original paintings displayed together for the first time, including four large altarpieces never before removed from their original churches in Denmark and Sweden.

Dawn Pheysey, the exhibit’s curator, said the exhibit has been made possible by the trust and friendship that has developed in nine years of negotiating between the museum and the local churches. 

“For a church to lend its altar painting, the focal point of the church, is truly a great sacrifice on the part of the Danish and Swedish people, and we truly appreciate their sacrifice in letting us see these works in person,” she said.

One of Bloch’s altarpieces, Christ and Child, has been the focal point at the St. Nicholas Church, located just outside Copenhagen, for more than 100 years. Now it is one of the altarpieces featured in the exhibit.

“We are very fond of the picture—so fond of it that we think we should share it with others,” said Hanne Korsby, parish council president at St. Nicholas Church. “We are very proud that you will have our painting at your exhibition in your country. We think it’s a very big honor.”

The exhibition will be on display from Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, through Saturday, May 7, 2011. For the run of the show, the museum will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is free; however, visitors must register for tickets online before their visit. 

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit

To watch a video interview with Dawn Pheysey visit