Head of Christ by Arnold Friberg
Graphite on Paper
8 x 10 in.
During the commission for his twelve Book of Mormon paintings, Friberg often debated with President David O. McKay regarding the appropriateness of overtly depicting Jesus Christ. According to the artist, President McKay worried “too frequent repetition” of the Savior’s image should be avoided. In his depiction of Christ arriving in the Americas, the two compromised: Christ would be “suggested” rather than fully portrayed.