New Museum Exhibit Displays Artwork of Christ’s Life

  Church News

  • 26 September 2013

The new art exhibit is themed around the scripture “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  Photo Courtesy of the Church History Museum.

Article Highlights

  • The new exhibit at the Church History Museum features artwork depicting the Savior’s greatest acts of love.
  • The exhibit runs September 20, 2013 through October 2014.
  • It includes artwork from Rembrandt van Rijn, Yuri Mogilevsky, Simon Dewey, and many others.

“Christ’s love was so apparent in the artwork, I knew that this exhibit needed to focus on His love He has for us.” —Angela Fisher, Church History Museum curator

A new exhibit, “No Greater Love,” which will include works showing Christ’s love in His earthly ministry and Resurrection, opened at the Church History Museum September 20. It will continue through October 2014 in the museum theater gallery.

The exhibit will display artwork depicting the Savior’s greatest acts of love, such as the Atonement and His death on the cross, acts of service and healing, and the promise of His return. The art features a range of artistic styles, media, and approaches. Whereas most of the works of art feature images of the Savior, some will be interpretive pieces that encourage viewers to think about the meaning of Christ’s life and the great love He demonstrated through His Atonement and Resurrection.

This exhibit includes artwork from renowned artists such as the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. A different etching by Rembrandt van Rijn will be shown every three months throughout the duration of the exhibit, creating a new experience when visitors return. Rembrandt’s etchings are internationally acknowledged for their intricacies and craftsmanship. Other artists include merited Russian graphic artist Yuri Mogilevsky, popular LDS artist Simon Dewey, and many others.

The exhibit theme is based upon a scripture in the New Testament, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

When asked how the theme of the exhibit came to be, exhibit curator Angela Fisher said, “I began to look through the artwork in our collection without an agenda of what the exhibit was to be. As I came to the artwork about Christ, I felt an overwhelming feeling of His love as He served people individually. Christ’s love was so apparent in the artwork, I knew that this exhibit needed to focus on His love He has for us.”

The artwork for the exhibit was specifically chosen in order to offer a peaceful and rejuvenating experience to visitors.

Though the artists come from different Christian backgrounds and different countries, their works all share the message of Christ’s love.

A family guide will be available with the exhibit, encouraging families and other groups to explore the artwork together.