This study analyzes the appearance of eighty visual religious symbols in the Improvement Era, Ensign, and New Era, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1952-1972. The study notes their frequency and distribution as well as noting their size, the medium used to render them and the correlation of their religious meanings to the articles they illustrate.
The findings of this study indicate that visual religious symbols are used and that many of them have a high degree of correlation to the articles they illustrate.
This study gives suggestions to those artists who wish to produce works of art for the above named publications and gives some reflection of editorial policies concerning the use of religious symbols in the publications.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Art
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Christensen, Carl Landus, "An Analysis of Visual Religious Symbols Appearing in the Improvement Era, Ensign, and New Era Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints From 1952-1972" (1974). Theses and Dissertations. 4594.
Christian art, symbolism, Mormon art, Mormon church, Periodicals