The Success of Pastellist Rosalba Carriera


Rosalba Giovanna Carriera’s Self-Portrait as "Winter,” circa 1730 or 1731. Google Art Project/Public domain

Venetian portraitist Carriera achieved a surprising level of success in the male-dominated European art world of the early 1700s. Her work helped popularize pastels and her portraits were commissioned by Europe's most prominent figures.

Holly's Research:

  • The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Rosalba Carriera.” Encyclopædia Britannica. July 31, 2019. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Rosalba-Carriera
  • Shelley, Marjorie. “The Rose of Pastel in the Eighteenth Century.” The Met. July 5, 2011. https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/features/2011/the-rise-of-pastel-in-the-eighteenth-century
  • “Spring by Rosalba Carriera.” National Gallery of Ireland. https://www.nationalgallery.ie/spring-rosalba-carriera-1675-1757
  • “LUCKY TOKEN HIDDEN BY VENETIAN ARTIST ROSALBA CARRIERA DISCOVERED AFTER NEARLY 300 YEARS.” Royal Collection Trust. May 9, 2017. https://www.rct.uk/about/press-office/press-releases/lucky-token-hidden-by-venetian-artist-rosalba-carriera-discovered#/
  • Carriera, Rosalba Giovanna. “A Self-Portrait c. 1745.” Royal Collection Trust. https://www.rct.uk/collection/452375/a-self-portrait
  • Carriera, Rosalba Giovanna. “A Personification of Winter c. 1726.” Royal Collection Trust. https://www.rct.uk/collection/400647/a-personification-of-winter
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  • The State Hermitage Museum. “The Acquisition of Baron Pierre Crozat’s Collection.” https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/explore/history/historical-article/1750/Kroez%20collection/!ut/p/z1/jZFNT4NAEIb_ih567O7wvXhb1wItIOIn7sUA2QIJsISipP31UuOlfqBzm-SZd-bJYI4TzNv0rSrSoZJtWk_9MzdfIkpNRWOwce-uASgL4svbYOX5RMdPHwD8UhQw_8_8DMDn4zd_LZgM1D5kYYF5lw7lsmq3EieKZQBO_F6Kw1ku61rkR-HpGn6aR2zPAaqvnJiG2g0zlK-A67hXQF07ZkSPVJd8A6K1bwGN7g0vih6ZyvRPYN6pyho05g0CZKgGKJoNQCzV0ol5FKJtppFJqBdb0YsevfbTp8ph6HYXC1jAOI6okLKoBcpls4CfRkq5G3BySuKueUgOgQfVesmz_Xj-DscYWyU!/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?lng=en&lng=

Topics in this Podcast: 18th century, art, art history, 17th century, European history, Artists, painters, Italy