Young Moravian Girl

Media - 1987.32 - SAAM-1987.32_2 - 129290
Copied John Valentine Haidt, Young Moravian Girl, ca. 1755-1760, oil on canvas, 30 3825 14 in. (77.264.2 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the American Art Forum, 1987.32
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Artwork Details

Young Moravian Girl
ca. 1755-1760
30 3825 14 in. (77.264.2 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the American Art Forum
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Portrait female — unidentified — child
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Artwork Description

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.