Out and about
We’ve gone more places out and about in the past month than we had in the past six months before that! I guess I’ve been trying to make it up to the boys for spending so much time flat on my back sick this year and not going anywhere or doing much of anything fun.
The Friday before Thanksgiving we met Grandma and Poppa at the BYU Museum of Art to see Sacred Gifts, an exhibit of religious works by Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann, and Franz Schwartz. We loved the Carl Bloch exhibit that was here a few years ago and I knew we had to go to this one. I’ve been so grateful for the many wonderful exhibits that BYU has put together over the years. We’ve had some marvelous opportunities to see some world-class art come through Utah and this was no exception.
As I’ve said before, the artwork of Bloch especially is so familiar to us as Latter-day Saints and it’s just so incredible to see the originals up close and personal rather than in small reproductions. Especially remarkable this time around were the four paintings from the life of Christ. This is the one and only time they will ever be removed from the King’s Oratory in Fredericksborg Castle in Denmark and exhibited elsewhere. I have always loved Bloch’s Sermon on the Mount and was so glad I got to see it in person.
My other favorite was Hofmann’s Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, a detail of which is shown on the banner in the photo above. I was also struck by The Mocking of Christ by Bloch. The drops of blood on his forehead from the crown of thorns looked so real.
- We jokingly say that we should come to these things without the kids so we could take all the time we need to read every plaque and follow along with the accompanying ipad app, but the truth is that I’m glad we were able to take the boys and experience such a wonderful exhibit as a family, even when I ended up with the 3-year-old. But E has learned enough from our scripture study at home and in nursery at church that he could point out Jesus in the paintings and seemed to appreciate what we were seeing and was really quite reverent for the most part.
- I want to go again after February when the four King’s Oratory paintings are switched out for four different ones.
- It was crazy to go to two museums in two days, but the next day was a behind-the-scenes look at the natural history museum that the boys had been begging to go to. I must have been feeling particularly energetic that afternoon so we went up for a couple hours and saw some of the more cool dinosaur bones and other odd assorted collections (105-year-old snakes preserved in jars, anyone?) that are not currently out on display. And then when the museum was closing, I had to drag a 3-year-old who was practically screaming, “I don’t want to go home! I don’t want to go home!” nonstop all the way to the parking lot.
This was the one and only picture that I took. The sunset was so pretty over the Great Salt Lake you’d never know it was bitterly cold and windy outside that day.
Last Saturday we went to the Utah Symphony’s “Here Comes Santa Claus” concert. I take this same picture every year (and the Chihuly sculpture still needs to be dusted, by the way.)
The boys really enjoyed the music and E especially liked the the lighted Christmas tree on stage and the different snowflake designs projected on the stage walls above the orchestra. This was probably the first time E’s been to a concert where he didn’t ask every ten minutes, “Is it done now?” Of course the entire way home he whined that he wanted to go out for ice cream instead of home for lunch. This kid gets so fixated on things!