Many years ago I saw a picture of this painting by Carl Bloch, titled Christ in Gethsemane. At the time I had no idea who the artist was, but my emotional response to it was memorable. I have since learned that most of Carl Bloch’s art touches me deeply and he has become one of my all-time favorite artists. Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Carl Bloch exhibit at the Brigham Young University Art Museum, where I stood before the life sized original of this incredible piece. It was an experience I will always remember.
Last Easter I purchased a small canvas print of Christ in Gethsemane from the museum, and this Easter I had it framed. It’s not large (about 12 x 15) but I love it.
I’m not sure if this will be its permanent location, but for now it hangs in my bedroom. The light switch you see controls the fireplace on the left. If it were missing, and if the thrifted shelf below had a flat instead of slanted top, I could do more to fix the gap between the two.
Regardless, it’s nice to hang something new because it catches your eye as you walk through the room, and this beautiful image of the Savior being strengthened and comforted by an angel as he wrought the Atonement (which strengthens and comforts us) is a wonderful thing to see.
And it’s one less unfinished project in my house – always a good thing!