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Study of "The Spirit of the Lord Shows Nephi a Vision"
|Title||Study of "The Spirit of the Lord Shows Nephi a Vision"|
|Year of Publication||Not Available|
|Keywords||Dream; Lehi (Prophet); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Tree of Life; Vision|
Graphite on Paper
8 1⁄4 x 10 1⁄2 in.
1 Nephi 11-15
In addition to creating several versions of Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life, Friberg did several works portraying Nephi’s vision, which are recorded in greater detail in the Book of Mormon than those of his father. Whereas Lehi’s vision is prompted by reading the brass plates, Nephi’s vision is instigated by a humble prayer to see what his father saw. As recorded in 1 Nephi, chapter 11:
The Spirit of the Lord proceeds to unfold to Nephi his father’s vision and then includes the trajectory of his descendants. Friberg shows Nephi leaning forward on the top of the mountain, with the Spirit of the Lord at his side and pointing towards the distance where many multitudes of people are shown in a giant panorama.
Though ultimately unrealized, this subject informed many of Friberg’s other works, including painting The Brother of Jared Sees the Finger of the Lord, which adopts a very similar composition and costume.
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