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“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. . . . He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people”  -D&C 135:3

Story Behind the Art:

What did Joseph Smith really look like? I have seen many paintings, and several possible “photographs” of the prophet, but I wanted something verifiably accurate. Since the only verified image we have of Joseph Smith is his actual death mask, I said, “Why not just paint over the death mask?” In this way, the features and dimensions would be accurate, and I could put in a significant amount of detail digitally, to bring Joseph to life. I wanted Joseph to look personable. I wanted to paint details that reflected all of the life he lived, and the many visions of the Celestial that he saw, in his short time 38 years on earth. There may come a day when I meet Joseph and I say, “Boy, I was off on this or that,” but I honestly feel this is close. I hope it resonates with all of those who hold a special place in their hearts for “Brother Joseph,” and that this painting honors him as he deserves. - Chad Winks


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