Twenty-eight years ago, a selection of paintings on the life of Jesus by nineteenth-century Danish painter Carl Heinrich Bloch was published in one of the Church magazines of the day. Since then, scenes from that selection have been used many times in Church manuals and publications, including the Tambuli. Now, with the original works cleaned and rephotographed, we are presenting this selection again—in two parts—to tell the matchless story of the Lord.
Eighteen of the twenty paintings are on the walls of the oratory in the Frederiksborg Castle church. Today, castle and church are a museum of national history and a Danish treasure. Because of the paintings’ wide use for Church publications, representatives of the Church approached Frederiksborg Museum officials last year. We desired to rephotograph the paintings and asked if it would be possible for the scenes to be taken from the walls to receive better photographic lighting. Museum officials accepted the request, concluding also that while the paintings were down, they should be cleaned to make vivid again colors that had been dimmed by a century of accumulating dust while on public display.
Following this cleaning, the museum photographed the paintings, eighteen of which are reproduced in this series. In addition to the Frederiksborg paintings, two other paintings by Bloch are included in this series: the scene at the pool of Bethesda (inside back cover), located at Bethesda Dansk Indre Mission, Copenhagen, and the scene of Thomas kneeling before the resurrected Jesus (which will appear in next month’s issue), located at the church in Uggerlose, near Copenhagen.
In part two, we will publish the remainder of the works and trace the life of their highly skilled creator, Carl Heinrich Bloch.—The Editors