Sacred Gifts exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art. We were invited along by two of our close friends, and it was such a fantastic experience. I am typically not a stare-at-paintings-for-hours-and-get-lost-in-them type of person, but there was just something to this exhibit that really had me a bit awe struck. I left feeling overwhelmingly grateful for my Savior and the kind people who let these amazing works leave their churches and castles so I could experience them first hand.
The two images above were my favorites; Agony in the Garden by Frans Schwartz and Healing the Blind Man by Carl Bloch. I stood in front of both longer than my fellow viewers probably appreciated, but man, I couldn't seem to tear myself away. You know how good, live music is unarguably, indelibly, and without question better than listening to it on CD? I've realized art is the same way. Especially for me with those two pieces. They were completely encompassing.
Honestly, all the art was pretty incredible (they've made a pinterest board featuring some of the pieces if you wanted a looksy). If you are in the Utah area, go go go. It is definitely worth the trip. One woman we met at the exhibit had traveled from Arizona just for it! How about them apples? It is certainly closer, cheaper, and easier than traveling around Europe and NY, thats for sure. Plus, fun fact, 8 of the pieces shown in the exhibit were loaned from Frederiksborg castle in Demark; this is the first time they have ever been loaned (they were commissioned for the palace in 1860-1870), and they will never be loaned again. Holy smokes, right?