Portrait of Joseph Smith by 19th Century American School


Portrait of Joseph Smith


19th Century American School

Ref GM1390
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 24" (50 x 60 cm)
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This portrait depicts Joseph Smith Jr. who was born in 1805. Joseph was an American religious leader who founded the Latter Day Saint movement, the predominant branch of which is Mormonism. According to Smith, he saw and heard a series of visions beginning in the early 1820s; in the first of these visions "two personages" (implied to be God the Father and the Son) appeared to him, and in subsequent visions an angel directed Smith to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Judeo-Christian history of an ancient American civilization. In 1830, Smith published what he said was an English translation of these plates, titled the Book of Mormon. At age twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon, and by the time of his death fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers, established cities and temples, and founded a religion and a religious culture that continue to the present day. This artist of this painting is unknown but it is estimated that it was painted in 1842. The original is owned by the Community of Christ archives. It is on display at the Community of Christ headquarters in Independence, Missouri. The painting was originally in the possession of Joseph Smith Jr.