Maxwell Institute Contributes to Museum Exhibit
"Beholding Salvation: Images of Christ," a new exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art, displays 170 works depicting the ministry of Jesus Christ. The paintings, sculptures, icons, and illuminated manuscripts represent half a millennium of religious art. Not part of the exhibit but prepared especially for it is a book authored by FARMS director S. Kent Brown in collaboration with Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Dawn Pheysey.
Beholding Salvation: The Life of Christ in Word and Image examines artistic depictions of Christ from different cultures, eras, and Christian traditions and comments on the incidents in Jesus's ministry that inspired the art. The book features 80 full-color illustrations and art notes detailing how the imagery has evolved according to changing interpretations of Christ's ministry. The handsome hardbound book is available at the museum's gift shop, at the BYU Bookstore, and at Deseret Book outlets.
"This book, Beholding Salvation, began in my head years ago when I was visiting an exhibition on the life of Christ that was showing in the National Gallery in London," said Brown. "My two able coauthors have lifted that idea into a remarkable reality—an exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art." The exhibition, which opened in November this year, will run through 16 June 2007.
Beginning on 10 January 2007, the museum will host a companion series of 14 lectures on the life, ministry, and teachings of Christ. Among the presenters are Brown, who will speak on "The Birth of the Savior" (17 January); Andrew C. Skinner, executive director of the Maxwell Institute, who will speak on "Crucifixion and Resurrection" (21 March); and John W. Welch, the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at BYU and editor of BYU Studies, will speak on "The Sermon on the Mount" (31 January). All lectures will be on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Museum of Art auditorium.