SALT LAKE CITY – A new exhibit at the Church History Museum is full of delights for art lovers, history buffs and almost anyone who loves children.
“Portraits of Childhood: Behold Your Little Ones,” is open through Jan. 21, 2014.
The exhibit features art pieces from the 19th and early 20th century that explore children at work, at home and at play, according to a Church History Museum press release.
The exhibit highlights Victorian-era works of art from the museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibit is divided into four sections, each representing a different aspect of a child’s life, according to the press release.
“Portraits of Pondering” showcases portraits of children; “Angels in White” features children wearing white; “At Home, at School, at Play” depicts children in their own environments; and “Child-Sized” features furniture made to be used by children.
The paintings depict children during a time when leaders were turning their attention to children and the abuses they were suffering during the Industrial Revolution.
The goal is to help people think about the children in their lives, said Maryanne Andrus, exhibits manager at the museum.
“The main purpose is really to learn to appreciate the children in our lives by looking at portraits of children,” Andrus said. “The idea of a portrait itself is something that helps us focus and appreciate the individual that is depicted in that portrait.”
Labels on the artwork have quotes about children from many presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Andrus said.
The quotes focus on the admonition to let the children “come onto me,” (Mark 10:14).
“It’s really nice to have that gospel perspective on kids,” she said. “It is to really help people appreciate the stage of childhood and the sweetness of (it).”
The exhibit will also be available in an online gallery.
The Church History Museum is located at 45 N. West Temple, in Salt Lake City.
It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. -9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free.
For tour reservations call 801-240-4615.
For more information on the exhibit go to lds.org/museum.