The Giver of Holy Gifts



The Giver of Holy Gifts is a children’s board book that features images from the Sacred Gifts Exhibit.

About the Exhibition

The three artists featured in this exhibition, Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz, were active in Northern Europe during the 19th century. Talented and prolific painters, they were men of deep personal faith who magnified their talents through rigorous training in some of Europe’s finest art academies.

The theme Sacred Gifts was inspired by the scripture, “Thy gift . . . is sacred and cometh from above” (Doctrine and Covenants 6:10). The exhibition is a celebration of countless gifts. The paintings of the Savior displayed here have enriched the lives of devout people for over a century.

The remarkable generosity of many churches, museums, and donors has made it possible to bring these works of art together for the first time at the Museum of Art.

Bring The Giver of Holy Gifts home with you.

More About Bloch

Carl Bloch was an academic Danish painter who is best known for his paintings depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

He received his artistic training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Later, while living in Rome for several years, Bloch studied paintings by the great Italian masters.

When he returned to Copenhagen, Bloch quickly established a reputation as a religious painter. This led to major commissions for paintings in churches and chapels of Denmark and Sweden.

His extensive body of work includes over 250 paintings and 78 etchings. Still, Bloch considered his religious works to be his most valuable contributions. His productive career ended early when he died of cancer at the age of only fifty-five.

More About Hofmann

Heinrich Hofmann, one of Germany’s most celebrated religious painters of the late nineteenth century, was born in Darmstadt, Germany. At age eighteen he entered the celebrated Düsseldorf Academy of Art, which emphasized the depiction of Christian subjects.

He spent the following twelve years painting in Darmstadt, studying in Europe’s major art centers. These included Antwerp, Paris, Munich, Dresden, Prague, Venice, and Rome. In the process, Hofmann developed his own richly realistic style based on his study of German, Dutch, and Italian Old Masters.

In 1862 he moved to the larger city of Dresden where he lived for nearly five decades. His reproduced religious works find homes in both Christian churches and homes throughout the world.

More About Schwartz

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1850, Frans Schwartz entered the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He studied there for six years. Following an 1878 painting trip to Spain with fellow artists, Schwartz founded a private art school.

In later years, he received important commissions for monumental wall and ceiling decorations in Frederiksborg Castle and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. In addition to large altar paintings, Schwartz accepted a commission to paint a mural of The Wise and Foolish Virgins. He painted this for the Soldenfeldt Foundation, and it was considered by many to be his greatest work.

Schwartz died in 1917. Fortunately for the art community, he had donated his entire fortune towards a scholarship for the artistic enhancement of Copenhagen’s public buildings.

Learn more about Schwartz and his contemporaries through the BYU Museum of Art app.


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