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Carl Heinrich Bloch: "Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda"Ongoing ExhibitionBrigham Young University ? Museum of Art is proud to announce the very recent acquisition and arrival of a historical painting by Danish artist, Carl Heinrich Bloch [1834-1890] titled: Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda. Up until August 29, 2001, the painting of Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda resided at the Bethesda Indre Mission in Copenhagen, Denmark, where it has hung since 1883. Now, after months of negotiations this painting will grace the walls of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

The paintings of Carl Heinrich Bloch [1834-1890] are familiar images to members of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. Selections of his paintings first appeared in the Improvement Era in 1962 and have been published many times since in multiple issues of the Ensign. They have appeared in numerous Church manuals and publications. Reproductions of his paintings are seen in ward and stake meetinghouses, temples, and visitors¿ centers.

The recognized and well-loved images of the large Bethesda painting (8.4¿ x 10.48¿) and Bloch¿s 23 paintings on the life of Christ at the Frederiksborg Castle are images of profound content and religious significance for members of the Church. Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda stirs up feelings of compassion and empathy, encouragement and hope. Our dependence on the Savior to be healed spiritually and to be made whole is poignantly emphasized in His response to the infirmed man on the steps of the Bethesda pool. Furthermore, the doctrines of Sabbath-day observance and the resurrection act as underlying themes to this biblical account. As members of a university community whose mandate is Enter to learn, go forth to serve, the message of this grand religious painting offers us ample food for thought.

President Merrill J. Bateman said The magnificent painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch of ¿Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda¿ portrays Christ both as a healer and a comforter. Christ¿s healing power is more than physical. He has the power to make a person whole, to heal the soul as well as the body. The original painting, a wonderful gift, will be a constant reminder of our heritage and our mission.

Complementing the museum's magnificent painting are eleven religious etchings and one self-portrait by artist Carl Heinrich Bloch. The etchings illustrate many familiar bible events such as The Crucifixion, The Doubting Thomas, The Resurrection and several more.