They’re back — Carl Bloch’s angel wings, that is.
The cover of this month’s New Era, the Mormon magazine for teens, shows the Danish artist’s "Gethsemane" in which a red-robed Jesus is cradled by an angel with wings rising above her shoulders.
It’s the latest exhibit in the on-again/off-again pattern with angels’ wings in LDS publications.
In some earlier uses of Bloch’s art by the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wings were removed.
But, in a 2010-11 exhibit of the Danish artist’s giant altar paintings at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, his angels were larger-than-life and fully winged, though the curator acknowledged that in the past the church had sometimes eliminated wings when using Bloch reproductions in official magazines.
After the exhibit, the wings went missing again, this time in the December 2011 Ensign, the LDS Church’s official magazine. Bloch’s female angels were even given cap sleeves on their shoulders (likely reflecting the Utah-based church’s modesty stance).
Mormons teach that angels are resurrected humans, so giving them wings flies in the face of that belief.
Peggy Fletcher Stack
|1.||MLB: Angels’ Richards out for season with knee injury|
|2.||BYUtv meets TV critics, and gay question arises|
|3.||Mitt Romney accepts Ice Bucket Challenge from Utahn with ALS|
|4.||Kirby: Scary times in Mormon seminary|
|5.||Why the Emmy Awards don’t play well on TV|
|6.||Ex-student arrested for bomb threats at Utah County high school|
|7.||Tech Tips: Considerations when phone contracts end|
|8.||Utah football: What we’ve learned as Utes’ camp ends|