August 19, 2016
Floyd E. Breinholt (1915-1997), Interior of Puritan Home 1650, c.1956, oil on masonite, 21 1/8 x 28 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of the General Relief Society Board, 1956.
In the midst of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, five people were executed on this day, accused of being witches. This tragic chapter of history unfolded in the small Puritan communities of Massachusetts. Breinholt’s 1956 painting depicts the interior of a Puritan home, highlighting the austere Puritan lifestyle.