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Nephi's Vision of the Virgin and Child

TitleNephi's Vision of the Virgin and Child
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication1890
AuthorsChristensen, C.C.A.
DescriptionUnsigned, painted for the Deseret Sunday School Union, no date (1890), oil on composition board, 24 3/4" x 18 5/6".
KeywordsBirth 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.

Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 11
1 Nephi 11:10-24