Two weeks ago, the MTC youth gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to tour through a bit of world history. We discovered how Gospel truths are found in the artwork of cultures across the ages & over all parts of the globe. We learned about resurrection and priesthood from ancient Egypt, divine messengers and heavenly beings from the Buddhist art of eastern Asia, godly order and respect for the word of God from Islamic art of the Middle East, and devotion and worship from European Christian art - and that was only scratching the surface of all the Met has to offer!
The youth were excited and interested, and the group was able to engage in several discussions of symbolism (both Gospel-related and art-related), the creative process, important art terminology, the importance of scripture, and more. Check out the handout below that we used during the activity to learn more about our itinerary and the points we focused on!
Finding Christ at the Met
Gospel truths can be found in works of art from all different cultures in all different periods.
Questions to ask yourself while viewing art:
♦ What are you looking at?
♦ How does it make you feel?
♦ Do you like it? Why or why not?
♦ Why is it on display at a museum?
♦ What is it made of?
♦ What colors do you see?
♦ What was the technique used to create this?
♦ Does this teach you something?
Think of the following gospel themes as we visit each section of the museum:
Egypt: Life after death and relationship with the divine
♦ Ankh, symbol of eternal life—How did Egyptians prepare for eternal life?
♦ Osiris and Rah, gods of the afterlife
♦ Obelisk, connection between earth and heaven
Asia: Eternal family, meditation, and heavenly messengers
♦ Family names and stories—Why is it important to remember your ancestors?
♦ Nature and serenity
♦ Bodhisattvas and guardians
Islam and Arabia: Respect for the word of God, symbolism, and patterns
♦ Quran—Does this change how you feel about the Bible and Book of Mormon?
♦ Green (paradise), blue (protection from evil)
♦ Seal of Melchizedek
Late modern Europe: Life on Earth
♦ Work and labor
♦ Pursuit of knowledge
♦ Pointillism—What do you notice when you change your perspective?
Early modern Europe: Christ’s life, devotion, worship, death and judgment
♦ White (purity), yellow (hope), orange (courage), green (fertility), red (Atonement), black (death)
brown (humility), blue (heavenly grace), purple (royalty)
♦ Contrasting emotions: hope and fear, triumph and defeat
♦ Figures of Christ and saints—How many stories do you recognize?