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Walter Rane Book of Mormon Art – Nephi April 5, 2009

In October 2003, my family attended a Book of Mormon exhibit that Walter Rane debuted at the Museum of Church History on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The series, which comprised of 17 paintings depicting stirring instances from the Book of Mormon, including our favorite, this scene of Nephi and Laban.

Nephi’s strong profile and jawline reminded me of Tim, who was serving his mission in Santiago at the time.  I took a picture of the painting and sent a copy of it to Tim who loved the painting as well.  We have been searching for this image for ages and finally found it this week.  Enjoy.

nephi_laban

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8 Responses to “Walter Rane Book of Mormon Art – Nephi”

  1. lizmthibault Says:

    This is some of the coolest Book of Mormon Art ever.

  2. Amy Anderson Says:

    LOVE his art. I was able to see his exhibit when he was at the BYU museum. To see those original prints with the proper lighting is an experience. When we were at BYU, he actually was signing his prints. He’s an interesting character. I could decide if he was just shy & uncomfortable around people or just plain eccentric. Either way, his art is amazing!!

    • Sarah & Tim Says:

      how fascinating, Amy! thanks for sharing this story. you’re right, seeing the original art up close with the perfect light is simply stunning. an image on a computer screen just does not do it justice.

  3. B Says:

    It is an interesting picture in that, here Laban has been ‘killed’ by Nephi…yet his sword is clean and whatever blow used to kill Laban, that is a big sword!…has not resulting in a crimson pool, which musy have been something contemplated and then of course, reality denied for the sake of something not…disturbing.

    I have often wondered, looking at this architecture and certainly this weapon, why nothing of this sort has ever been found existing an archeaological sense? Nothing. Yet, the validity of such instances remains accepted. Belief and faith, is indeed, a interesting phenomena in any kind of conviction.

    Not to be troublesome here, I really like the art, I just can’t understand the strange warp of reality.

    Independent of this, I’ve been reading alot of F.A.R.M.s material lately, and it too has proven to be quite perplexing.

    Thoughts?

    • Sarah & Tim Says:

      Thanks for your comment and thoughts, B. I may be wrong, but it looks like the scene in the Book of Mormon when Nephi has encountered Laban passed our is and is contemplating his sword – sometime in and around the time when he is commanded to slay Laban.

      While I have not followed archaeological discoveries closely in the Americas, I can only imagine that a sword such as this, were it found, may not be noticed since swords are not all that uncommon.

      FARMS is truly fascinating. Thanks again for your thoughts. Do you blog also? May I ask how you happened upon our blog?

  4. Charles Says:

    Interesting thing is that this painting by Walter Rane is not in his Book of Mormon series call By the Hand of Mormon. This painting was done several years before this series. Even though I really enjoy this series his other religious work is better and I this that his non religious work is even better. I have also met Walter Rane on several occasions, he is one of the most humble people I know, it is one this that he does not enjoy to be infront of people to talk about his work. He would much rather be infront of his boards painting.
    Concerning this painting it deals with the most important part of the story when Nephi is dealing with the commandment to do something that he believes is wrong and what would be against God’s will, his faith at this moment is at the fullest test. Rane the artist foreshadows the upcoming death of Laban with the seemingly flowing red cloth to represent blood. Rane is able to show the drama of the scene and able to capture the power and struggle of Nephi.

  5. Nathan Says:

    The Museum Store in Salt Lake City sells this print! Along with a great many of Rane’s other works.

    This piece is amazing. It captures the moments where Nephi contemplates the decision, and his fateful decision would ultimately determine whether or not an entire nation would have the blessing of scriptures.

    We know what he chose.


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