LDS art is a very important part of LDS culture. Below are some of the top paintings that most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be familiar with.
Jesus the Christ – by Del Parsons – This is probably one of the most important paintings in the LDS church is used in many pieces of LDS literature, handbooks, and missionary tools. This was a commissioned painting by the church.
The Prophet Joseph Smith – by Alvin Gittins – also a commissioned painting by the church. This painting was painted to help give an idea of what Joseph Smith might have looked like. It was based on the descriptions of those who knew the Prophet best.
Christ and the Children – by Frances Hook – This simple piece of LDS artwork is a painting of the Savior with several children showing his loving kindness that he has for the children of the world.
The Second Coming – by Harry Anderson – This piece of art is a picture of the Savior coming down from the clouds in all of his glory.
Jesus Praying in Gethsemane – by Harry Anderson – This sacred event is portrayed in such a way that members of the Mormon faith find a connection with the savior.
Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere – by John Scott – This painting represent the Savior when he came down and showed himself to the Nephites in the Americas soon after his death, crucifixion and resurrection.
Moroni Hides the Plates in the Hill Cumorah – by Tom Lovell – This is a painting of the Prophet Moroni, when he was hiding the gold plates in the Hill Cumorah, he is praying over the plates in hopes that they will be of benefit to the world.
Christ and the Rich Young Ruler – by Heinrich Hofmann – This painting comes from a small story in the Bible, Christ asks a young ruler to forsake his kingdom for an eternal one. (Matthew 19:16-24; Mark 10:17-25; Luke 18:18-25) Although Heinrich Hofmann was not a member of the Mormon faith, his paintings are well known among members of the Mormon church.
The Pool of Bethesda – by Carl Bloch – This is a painting that would be well known by most members of the Mormon faith. This painting shows the saviors compassion for the poor and the down trodden. Many of Carl Bloch’s paintings are portrayed in the movie the “Testaments” produced by the Mormon Church. His artwork has also been on display at Brigham Young Univeristy in Provo Utah. Carl Bloch was not a member of the Church however, his artwork is well known among Latter-day Saints.
Sacrament Meeting – by Doc Christensen – This painting is a painting of the Savior holding the Sacrament for a young couple, although Christ’s face is not shown, the marks in his hand make it apparent who he is. This painting though relatively new has captured the hearts of many.
These are just a few of the paintings that are available as resources for latter-day saints. Most LDS art and artwork are relatively affordable and can be picked up at the church’s website or distribution centers.