As an update on their earlier statement regarding the renovations surrounding pioneer-era temples, the Church has released the following statement:
The artwork in the Manti Temple includes murals painted by Minerva Teichert, which are valued not only for their beauty, but also as a treasured remembrance of the faith, talent and dedication of the artist.
The Teichert murals in the Manti Temple were originally painted on canvas, which was adhered to the plaster walls. The Church’s intent is to separate the canvas or portions of the canvas from the plaster and preserve the murals for future restoration and display in a public setting. We are seeking the advice of international experts in the field of art preservation during this process.
Minerva Teichert was born on August 28, 1888, and is known for her religious paintings. She was the first woman to paint a mural for a Latter-day Saint temple and painted over 40 murals depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon, now stored at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art. Teichert painted the world room mural in the Manti Temple in April 1947, when she was 59. You can read more about her process of painting the mural here.
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