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Study of "The Prophet Abinadi"
|Title||Study of "The Prophet Abinadi"|
|Year of Publication||Not Available|
|Keywords||Abinadi (Prophet); King Noah; Martyr; Prophet|
Charcoal on Paper
9 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4 in.
Mosiah, Chapter 17
This immediately recognizable scene shows the prophet Abinadi as he was burned at the stake by the wicked King Noah. Fittingly, Friberg used charcoal for the study, using broad and wild strokes that mimic the flickering of flames. That it was never realized as part of the original twelve Book of Mormon paintings is probably due to the fact that they were destined for a children’s magazine. Instead, Friberg chose another moment from the prophet’s life. Yet it is the burning of Abinadi that sealed the fate of King Noah, who was also burned, and led to severe consequences for Noah’s people, as recorded in the book of Alma, chapter 25:
There are several figures discernible in Friberg’s work: Abinadi at the stake, a man standing behind to secure the prophet’s hands, another placing fuel for the fire, and, at the far right, someone holding a torch that will be used to light the flames. Using classical rule of composition, Friberg makes Abinadi, the central figure, the brightest. Despite impending danger, Friberg shows Abinadi standing calmly without resistance.
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