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Nephi's Vision of the Virgin and Child
|Title||Nephi's Vision of the Virgin and Child|
|Year of Publication||1890|
|Description||Unsigned, painted for the Deseret Sunday School Union, no date (1890), oil on composition board, 24 3/4" x 18 5/6".|
|Keywords||Birth of Christ; Mary (Mother of Jesus); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Revelation; Vision|
After seeking to understand his father's vision, Nephi was shown the virgin Mary of Nazarath and the Christ child in a vision. Christensen drew heavily on traditional European symbols and images for depicting the Virgin and child for this painting: Mary wears a blue robe; the Christ child is bare to the waist with his hand raised in blessing; Mary standing in a concave [usually depicting either as clouds or as a crescent moon]; light comes from the mother and child like the rays of the sun. The wingless angel, however, is purely Latter-day Saint iconography.
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