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Great Women of the Bible, "Jesus in the house of Mary and Martha", Head of Christ

c. 1945-1948
20th Century
20 3/4 x 25 3/8 in. (52.7 x 64.5 cm)

Violet Oakley, American, (1874–1961)

Object Type: DRAWINGS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Charcoal, white heightening on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the Violet Oakley Memorial Foundation
Accession Number: 82-D-292
Label from American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016:

Oakley was born in New Jersey, studied at the Art Students League of New York in 1892, and then traveled in England and France. Upon her return to Philadelphia, she studied briefly at PAFA in 1896 before joining Howard Pyle's illustration class at Drexel Institute. She was a successful illustrator and muralist whose work reflected the influence of English pre-Raphaelite artists. She was the first woman to be awarded a Gold Medal of Honor from PAFA in 1905. Oakley completed 43 murals in the Pennsylvania State Capital. The mock-ups and sketches in La Salle University Art Museum’s collection, including Head of Christ, were made as preliminary designs for Oakley’s Great Women of the Bible murals at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, executed from 1945-1949.
Current Location: In Storage

- 2015-2016 - Conserved with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
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- 2009 - In need of conservation - Included in IMLS conservation survey
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- American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collectio
n, Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough and La Salle University Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Catherine Holochwost, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016.


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