Mormon studies, Christ, artwork, cultural background
"Images of Christ in Latter-day Saint Visual Culture" by Noel Carmack offers an outline of the history of the Latter-day Saint use of images depicting Christ, pointing out influences and tensions that Carmack argues directed the choice of these images from 1890 to 1999. My own approach to this historical pattern is a simpler one: the selection of images of Christ by most Latter-day Saints today is influenced more than anything else by the Saints' cultural background, which determines how they think Jesus would look; and the proliferation of these images is largely an economic issue and a result of a visually oriented culture rather than the consequence of a focused effort by leaders to project a certain image.
Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel
""That's How I Imagine He Looks": The Perspective of a Professor of Religion,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 39
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol39/iss3/6