The strange state of Mormon art has recently been discussed here by Matt. Sometimes, to please our spiritual aesthetics, we have to go beyond the borders of the kingdom. I would like to start a “religious art” series here at BCC. Please share your favourite religious art (it doesn’t have to be Mormon) in the comments with a link to the picture, a description of the piece, and an explanation as to why you like it. I will then post them from time to time. It’ll make nice, light, weekend blogging.
The painting here is from Wayne Forte (1996) and is called “Jacob and the Angel.”
I love the story in Genesis 32. Jacob wrestles with an angel all night, dislocates his hip, and demands a blessing. (Rick Jepson’s Sunstone essay on “godwrestling” is worth a read on this topic.) This is Jacob’s jihad, a reminder of the holy struggle of faith. I think the angel was God, hence Jacob’s new name: Isra’-El. Forte’s bold, chunky piece — Jacob and the angel tightly squeezed on the frame — captures for me the muscularity of this vivid scene.