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Minerva Teichert’s Jesus at the Home of Mary and Martha: Reimagining an Ordinary Heroine

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dc.contributor.advisor Todd, Ellen Wiley Delis, Tina M
dc.creator Delis, Tina M 2015-04-28 2015-08-06T18:57:21Z 2015-08-06T18:57:21Z 2015-08-06
dc.description.abstract This thesis discusses the artist Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert (1888-1976), an early 20th century American Western muralist. It traces her scholarship from her lifetime forward. Examining Teichert’s biography and formal art education the research establishes how her trademark style is solidified early in her art career. Using Teichert’s painting, Jesus at the Home of Mary and Martha, the paper instructs how to read Teichert’s painting technique and interpret her personal message of re-envisioning the traditional narrative of Mary as the heroine. Two theories are presented to explain why Teichert would be motivated to paint Mary and Martha as equals. First, a market analysis is conducted to trace the trajectory of Teichert’s artistic production, the subjects she chose to paint and the art market—the selling, buying and her patronage—to show Minerva’s reliance on a collective effort of women that ensured her success at key moments in her career. Second, analyzing two murals she painted in the LDS Manti Utah Temple presents an argument that she was interested in depicting ordinary people as heroes in history.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Minerva Teichert en_US
dc.subject American Western muralist en_US
dc.subject American religious art en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject women networks en_US
dc.title Minerva Teichert’s Jesus at the Home of Mary and Martha: Reimagining an Ordinary Heroine en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Art History en_US Master's en Art History en George Mason University en

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