To Minerva Teichert (1888-1976), painting was more than a profession. It was a divine calling, a mission she felt compelled to work on every day. She was one of few Western women in the early twentieth century to receive formal art training at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Art Students League in New York City. During Teichert’s time in New York, her teacher American artist Robert Henri encouraged her to paint the “Mormon story.” She boldly took up this commission, painting many scenes from the Mormon history and also assuming the task of illustrating the Book of Mormon.

The BYU Museum of Art owns the complete set of the 42 murals from Teichert’s Book of Mormon series, as well as a few other painting of Book of Mormon topics. From 1949-1951, she completely dedicated herself to this task, referring to it as the “greatest joy as well as the toughest job I ever hope to undertake.” Teichert’s murals present a dramatic synopsis of the story of the Book of Mormon. She captures the human dimension and the emotion of the stories of familiar scriptural figures, such as Nephi, Sariah, Alma, and Captain Moroni. Through her images, we can see the Book of Mormon through fresh eyes.

Minerva Teichert "A Battle at the River Sidon"
A Battle at the River SidonMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), A Battle at the River Sidon, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Alma Baptizes in the Waters of Mormon
Alma Baptizes at the Waters of MormonMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Alma Baptizes in the Waters of Mormon, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 7/8 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Alma Overcomes Amlici"
Alma Overcomes AmliciMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Alma Overcomes Amlici, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Ammon Before King Limhi"
Ammon Before King LimhiMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Ammon Before King Limhi, c.1949-1951, oil on board, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Ammon Saves the King's Flocks"
Ammon Saves the King’s FlocksMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Ammon Saves the King’s Flocks, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "An Angel Appears to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah"
An Angel Appears to Alma and the Sons of MosiahMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), An Angel Appears to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah, c.1949-1951, oil on board, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Answer of Lachoneus"
The Answer of LachoneusMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Answer of Lachoneus, c.1949-1951, oil on linen on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Christ in America"
Christ in AmericaMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Christ in America, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 x 46 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Christian Converts"
Christian ConvertsMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Christian Converts, c.1949-1951, oil on board, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The City of Gid"
The City of GidMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The City of Gid, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Death of Amalickiah"
Death of AmalackiahMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Death of Amalackiah, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 3/4 x 47 7/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Defense of a Nephite City"
Defense of a Nephite CityMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Defense of a Nephite City, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Destruction on the Western Continent"
Destruction on the Western ContinentMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Destruction on the Western Continent, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Earthquake"
The EarthquakeMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Earthquake, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Escape of Alma's People"
Escape of Alma’s PeopleMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Escape of Alma’s People, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Escape of Limhi and his People"
Escape of King Limhi and His PeopleMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Escape of King Limhi and His People, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 7/8 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Flight"
FlightMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Flight, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Gadianton's band"
Gadianton’s BandMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Gadianton’s Band, c.1949-1951, oil on board, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Helaman's Striplings/Samuel the Lamanite"
Helaman’s Striplings/Samuel the LamaniteMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Helaman’s Striplings/Samuel the Lamanite, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Journey of the Jaredites Across Asia"
Journey of the Jaredites Across AsiaMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Journey of the Jaredites Across Asia, c.1949-1951, oil on linen on masonite, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "King Benjamin's Farewell Address"
King Benjamin’s Farewell AddressMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), King Benjamin’s Farewell Address, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Lamanite Maidens"
Lamanite MaidensMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Lamanite Maidens, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Last Battle Between the Nephites and the Lamanites"
Last Battle Between the Nephites and the LamanitesMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Last Battle Between the Nephites and the Lamanites, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Law on the Plates of Brass"
The Law on the Plates of BrassMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Law on the Plates of Brass, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 7/8 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Lehi in the Desert"
Lehi in the DessertMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Lehi in the Dessert, c.1964, oil on canvas, 81 7/16 x 103 1/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Charles and Laurie Teichert Eastwood, 2008.
Minerva Teichert “Loading the Ship”
Loading the ShipMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Loading the Ship, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
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Love StoryMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Love Story, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Meeting with Lamoni's Father"
The Meeting with Lamoni’s FatherMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Meeting with Lamoni’s Father, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 47 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Morianton's Maidservant"
Morianton’s MaidservantMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Morianton’s Maidservant, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Moroni: The Last Nephite"
Moroni: The Last NephiteMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Moroni: The Last Nephite, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Moroni and the Title of Liberty"

Moroni and the Title of Liberty

Minerva Teichert (1888-1976), Moroni and the Title of Liberty, c.1930, oil on canvas, 72 x 108 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1949.

Minerva Teichert "Mosiah Discovers Zarahemla"
Mosiah Discovers ZarahemlaMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Mosiah Discovers Zarahemla, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 7/8 x 47 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Mosiah Interprets the Jaredite Stone"
Mosiah Interprets the Jaredite StoneMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Mosiah Interprets the Jaredite Stone, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Nephi, the Builder, Forging Swords"
Nephi, the Builder, Forging SwordsMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Nephi, the Builder, Forging Swords, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 7/8 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Nephi Bound"
Nephi BoundMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Nephi Bound, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 47 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Nephi Leads His Followers into the Wilderness"

Nephi Leads His Followers into the Wilderness

Minerva Teichert (1888-1976), Nephi Leads His Followers into the Wilderness, c.1940, oil on plywood, 29 1/8 x 47 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1959.

Minerva Teichert "The Promised Land"
The Promised LandMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Promised Land, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 41 5/8 x 53 11/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Record of the Jaredites"
Record of the JareditesMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Record of the Jaredites, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Sacrament"
The SacramentMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Sacrament, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Ship of Hagoth"
The Ship of HagothMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Ship of Hagoth, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Title of Liberty"
The Title of LibertyMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), The Title of Liberty, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Treachery of Amalickiah"
Treachery of AmalickiahMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Treachery of Amalickiah, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 35 15/16 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "Treasures in Exchange for the Plates of Brass"
Treasures in Exchange for the Plates of BrassMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Treasures in Exchange for the Plates of Brass, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
Minerva Teichert "The Trial of Abinadi"
Trial of AbinadiMinerva Teichert (1888-1976), Trial of Abinadi, c.1949-1951, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.
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