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Young Moravian Girl

ca. 1755-1760 John Valentine Haidt Born: Danzig, Germany 1700 Died: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1780 oil on canvas 30 3/8 x 25 1/4 in. (77.2 x 64.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the American Art Forum 1987.32 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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This girl's flushed cheeks, bright eyes, and graceful gestures hint at a vibrant personality. The artist, who was a lay preacher and painter in the Moravian community, lavished great care in rendering details of her traditional costume—from the pointed waistline to the elegantly slit sleeves. The Moravians were a communal society that began in the fifteenth century in Moravia and Bohemia, which today are parts of the Czech Republic. Many Moravians settled in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, seeking the religious freedom that led many people of various faiths to migrate to America.

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Portrait female - unidentified - child

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Valentine Haidt

Born: Danzig, Germany 1700 Died: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1780