This painting illustrates the Savior’s words in the New Testament: “How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if it so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”1
The Savior gently cradles one lamb—a black sheep, to symbolize that it had gone astray—in his arms, while the rest of the flock surround Him. The lamb’s face is turned away from the viewer, buried in the Savior’s loving arms.
Teichert grew up painting animals and spent her adult life on a cattle ranch. “Teichert was masterful in her portrayal of animals . . . partly because she experienced [them] firsthand. She could handle a horse or herd cattle as well as she could paint them.”2 When she studied art in New York City, she became especially noted for the quality of her animal paintings.3
Teichert also makes a visual connection between the Savior, with His golden halo, and the setting sun reflected in the river. Both the sun and the Son are twin sources of light.
Further reading: “Dear Are the Sheep That Have Wandered”
- Matthew 18:12-13
- Museum of Church History and Art, Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 195), 76