Artwork of the Week 2020: January 5
Minerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Three Wise Men, 1937, oil on canvas, 60 x 45 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1943.
Tomorrow is the traditional celebration of the arrival of the Wise Men called Epiphany. Minerva Teichert’s extensive body of work is one of the strengths of the MOA’s collection. Here, the artist imagines three distinct kings on a united journey. On the right, this wise king is transfixed by the cosmic event that is their celestial guide. The grandest and most august King at the center embodies the wisdom of the ages, his face expressing the thrill of proceeding toward an unfathomably important goal. He is confident that prophecy will be fulfilled at their destination. The youngest Magi expresses nervous excitement. In a courtly gesture, he repeatedly rehearses the presentation of his gift to the new King. Their experience is varied; their hearts are one.