Mormon and LDS Art

"Latter-day Saints' concern for uniting heavenly principles with earthly practices has been adequately expressed in practical, durable, and extraordinarily well-maintained buildings and grounds." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Art in Mormonism
"From the earliest days of the Church, its leaders have recognized the significant role art plays in enlightening and inspiring Church members." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Christus Statue
Replicas of the Christus statue by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1844) are located in several LDS visitors centers. These white carrara marble statues of Christ, with his hands outstretched, inviting all to come to him, help present the central doctrine of the Church: that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world. (See Teachings About Jesus Christ home page)

Pictures of Jesus
For centuries artists have created pictures of jesus to help us remember our savior as we go about our daily lives

Dancing "continues as an integral part of youth and adult activities in the Church. It permeates many facets of campus life, entertainment, and performing arts programs at Church- sponsored schools." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"Latter-day Saints have supported and participated in theatrical activities throughout their history." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Mormon Folk Art
"Through a combination of religious and western American metaphors and images, the whole saga of the Church has been artistically represented, from its origins in 1820 in a grove near Palmyra, New York, to the present." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Mormon Folklore
"Mormon folklore comprises that part of the Church's cultural heritage which Latter-day Saints pass on from person to person and from generation to generation, not through written documents or formal instruction but through the spoken word or customary example." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"In the Church, pageants are outdoor theatrical productions that celebrate a place, person, or event in religious history." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Visual Artists
"Some of the aesthetic constants of LDS artists are the narrative tradition in painting, a reverence for nature, absence of nihilism, support of traditional societal values, respect for the human body, a strong sense of aesthetic structure, and rigorous craftsmanship." Encyclopedia of Mormonism


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