Joseph Smith's HIDDEN WINDOW at Liberty Jail

I created this video of a remarkable painting by Andrew Knaupp depicting Joseph Smith’s “windows” at Liberty Jail. Watch the video to learn more! One of the things that I really love about Andrew Knaupp’s artwork is the amount of research he puts into each painting. He spends a great deal of time researching his subjects, getting their hair, height, ages, demeanor, clothing and historical context just right so that the viewer can more fully appreciate them in his paintings.

"Windows at Liberty Jail" by Andrew Knaupp
“Windows at Liberty Jail” by Andrew Knaupp
The painting, “Windows at Liberty,” takes place in 1838 at Liberty Jail in Liberty, Missouri. The title refers to “windows” even though only one window is depicted. The second window is the Window of Revelation, which is represented by the light shining on the faces of the prisoners. The theme for the overall feeling of the painting was based in part on the following quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith regarding the period.

“During the time we were in the hands of our enemies, we must say that although we felt anxiety respecting our families and friends, who were so inhumanly treated and abused,…we felt perfectly calm, and resigned to the will of our Heavenly Father…Yes, that still small voice, which had so often whispered consolation to our souls, in the depths of sorrow and distress, bade us be of good cheer, and promised deliverance, which gave us great comfort…For although we were troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (The Life of Joseph Smith The Prophet, Chapter 42, pg. 301).

I recently found this quote from Elder Neal A. Maxwell:

“The dungeon at Liberty Jail had inner and outer walls which, combined, were four feet thick. Loose rocks were placed between the walls to thwart any attempt at burrowing through. Unjustly arrested and unjustly confined, Joseph and his companions tried twice to escape but failed. As thick as those walls and that door were, and as securely as they kept the Prophet and his fellow prisoners in, the walls were not thick enough to keep revelation out!” A Choice Seer

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