September 11, 2017
Minerva Teicher (1888-1976), Christ in America, (1949-1951), oil on masonite, 35 x 46 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
In this beautiful painting by Minerva Teichert, Christ smiles down at the inhabitants of the Americas and welcomes them with outstretched arms. He invites us to inspect His wounds–tokens of His Atonement–and witness that He is risen. In proof that He is indeed an exalted being of flesh and bone, his arms and hands are bared and his robe billows around his feet. On the sides are Central American quetzal birds, apt symbols of the resurrected Christ. Their tail feathers echo the lines of Christ’ s robes; and the red on their breasts—the red of his wounds.
This piece is a highlight of the MOA’s collection of Minerva Teichert’s paintings.