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Carl Bloch





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Last year our family was blessed to see an incredible display of art at the BYU art museum called Sacred Gifts.  Based on the life of Christ, it showcased some of the most famous and beloved pictures of our Savior from all over northern Europe and America.  Several works by Carl Bloch were there and I had a longing to go see Bloch’s paintings of Christ that we use for our LDS gospel art kit in their original setting in Fredericksborg Castle.  The Castle itself is considered the “Danish Versailles” (though I saw little resemblance) and is a beautiful building in it’s own right, but we did not come for the ornate hall or the grand chapel that King Christian wanted to be the most beautiful in all of Europe.   We came for the small private chapel chambers of the king that most visitors just walk right through.  There in this little room is a treasure trove of paintings on the life of Christ by Carl Bloch.  We were blown away.  Amazing.  All of us could have stayed there all day if Luke wasn’t so determined to finish his audio guide of the castle.  It was one of those moments you just wanted to bask in.  My favorite painting was one I had never seen before and had suffered the annals of time.  It was a precious painting of Mary and a brand new baby Jesus both looking happy and tired.  A small beam of light shown down on them from Joseph who was holding the source of light and keeping vigil over his sacred family.  I felt like I related to Mary and her utter joy and exhaustion.  I wanted a copy of it.  I loved it.  Each of the kids had their own favorites which made it all the more fun.  I was satisfied.  I didn’t need to do anything else that day.

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Dark and hard to see- this one was my favorite-IMG_9058

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The Mount of Transfiguration-I had never seen this one beforeIMG_9039

Tay’s favorite-it was behind an ornate desk so the picture isn’t the best.IMG_9047

A glimpse at the room-IMG_9054

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The first Danish bible-IMG_9068

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The anxious shepherds-IMG_9029

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Without my driving force we simply drove by Kronberg castle, known today as “Hamlet’s castle” though Shakespeare never saw it, instead of going inside and headed for a “bath” in the North Sea.  After a picnic lunch the family all determined to jump into the freezing North Sea.  I took baby and camera duty and watched with delight as the kids ran and played in the frigid water.  With our food budget overspent, Mike favored us with another amazing home cooked fajita dinner while the rest of us got showered and packed for our early departure for Iceland the next morning.

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