First Fruits, by John Valentine Haidt, circa. 1760.
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Moravian artist John Valentine Haidt depicts early converts from various religious and cultural backgrounds.

Credit: Moravian Archives, Bethlehem

After joining the Moravian Church in Germany, artist John Valentine Haidt (1700-1780) moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1754, where he painted under the auspices of the Moravian church. In First Fruits,, Haidt depicted twenty-five people of different faiths and ethnicities who had gone to Heaven after their conversion to Christianity by Moravian missionaries.

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