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Easter Season Cover Art

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 12, 2009

While our magazines, especially in recent years, have often published images of the Crucifixion and Resurrection on interior pages, Easter themes have been remarkably absent from magazine covers. With the exception of some additional floral covers, below are all I was able to find after searching through decades of all of our magazines. Sparse as is the collection, there are still some striking covers for you to enjoy this beautiful Easter morning:

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Daffodils
New Era, April 1975

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In Gethsemane
artist unknown .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Sidney King
Instructor, April 1958 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Instructor, January 1968

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Crucifixion
artist unnamed
Instructor, April 1962

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Resurrection
artist unnamed
Instructor, February 1966

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Christ Shows Himself to Mary in the Garden

Bernhard Plockhorst
Instructor, April 1954

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Sidney King
Instructor, February 1968

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Harry Anderson
Ensign, April 1971

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On the Road to Emmaus

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Robert Zund  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . . .  .  Constantin Hansen
Instructor, April 1955 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  Instructor, January 1969

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The Ascension
artist unnamed
Improvement Era, April 1966

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Spring, and the Renewal of Life

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Improvement Era, April 1934 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  Instructor, June 1967

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Instructor, April 1957  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  Relief Society Magazine, April 1938

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Instructor, April 1961

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The Second Coming

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Harry Anderson
Ensign, April 1972



5 Comments »

  1. Thank you for that lovely collection.

    Happy Easter to you, Ardis, and all your wonderful readers and commenters.

    Comment by Researcher — April 12, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  2. Ardis,
    I like the collection. Can you join us for dinner? The kids are hoping you will say yes…Normally I would not post, but it’s Sunday, and I don’t know if you will check email….:)

    Comment by Beth Reeve — April 12, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  3. Wow, the April 1954 cover is reminiscent of a Catholic portrayal of Christ: the bare-chest, the pointing fingers, I almost expect a burning heart on Jesus chest.

    Comment by jose — April 12, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  4. Ardis, these are really a wonderful cross section of what Easter means to various people. Thank you so much for sharing them.

    Comment by Maurine — April 12, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  5. The Crucifixion (Instructor, April 1962) and the Resurrection (Instructor, February 1966) covers are exquisitely beautiful. Thanks for sharing these.

    Comment by Hunter — April 13, 2009 @ 9:29 am

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