Church News and Events

Easter Art Exhibit Depicts Last Week of Savior's Life

  By R. Scott Lloyd, Church News staff writer

  • 29 March 2013

Christ Leaving the Praetorium, attributed to the artist John Bohn (1823–1900), is among works displayed in the Truly This Man Was the Son of God exhibit at the Church History Museum.  Photo courtesy of the Church History Museum.

Contemporary and historical works of art depicting the final week of the Savior’s mortal ministry, crucifixion, and Resurrection are on display at the Church History Museum beginning this Easter season and extending through June 17. The exhibit is free to the public.

Highlighting the exhibit is a relief sculpture in gold by world-famous Spanish artist Salvador Dali titled The Sacrament of the Last Supper.

“This version of the Last Supper is very unique,” exhibit coordinator Ray Halls said. “Dali was a surrealist who often created bizarre and fanstasy-filled works, but this piece, though abstract, captures the reality of the conflicting emotions of the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper.”

Also noteworthy is a fired ceramic blackware pottery set of the Last Supper by Navajo artist Harrison Begay Jr.

The exhibit also features interpretive pieces that invite viewers to consider the broader effect of Easter events in their personal lives. Ron Richmond’s painting of a table spread with a white cloth reveals nearly hidden images of a goblet and plate from the Last Supper and evokes questions about what that event means to the world.

First News of the Resurrection, painted by Rose Daric Dall in 2011, is one of then newer artworks in the Church History Museum exhibition. Works will be displayed through June 17. Admission is free. Photo courtesy of the Church History Museum.

“The artworks go beyond just depicting the Savior on the cross,” Brother Halls said. “They include the scenes of Christ before Pilate, the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane, and several images of the Last Supper.”

The museum is located directly west of Temple Square at 45 North West Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. It is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays. It will be closed on Easter.

Information can be obtained by calling 1-801-240-4615 or by visiting the website.