Friday night Samuel and I enjoyed a visit to the Carl Bloch Exhibit at BYU's Museum of Art. The collection is here all way from Bloch's native Denmark and some from Sweden. It was so cool to actually see the originals of all these paintings I've grown to love seeing in churches, temples, and gospel materials all my life. Bloch studied Rembrandt extensively and mimicked some of his techniques in his own work: the contrast of light and dark, nearly always including one subject in each work that looks out at you to invite you into the scene. Magnificent. I give you a taste of the paintings we saw:
This last one, "The Pool of Bethesda", was enormous. Almost the size of the entire wall!
It really was an uplifting experience. Later we enjoyed dinner at delicious Malawi's Pizza, then restaurant-hopped over to The Chocolate in Orem for some dessert, (it was an indulgent night). It's in an old Victorian house on State Street, filled with cute furniture for lounging and soft music - like a quaint coffee shop. Not to mention their heavenly desserts. Even as aficionado chocoholics we really were impressed. We will definitely be back for more! Yay for cultural dates!