Mini Biography: Rosalba Carriera

Birth: Jan. 12, 1673
Death: Apr. 15, 1757
Nationality: Italian
Movement: Rococo
Born to a family of modest means in Venice, Carriera’s first artistic endeavor was creating lace patterns for her mother to make and sell. She started painting miniatures on ivory to decorate snuff boxes and then began painting portraits before switching mediums to pastels. Carriera was quite well known when she moved to Paris in her mid-40’s where in the course of one year she received over 30 portrait commissions including one for 10 year-old Louis the XV. She was a member of both the Accademia di San Luca in Rome and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in France and the King of Saxony, Frederick-Augustus II, filled a room in his palace with well over 100 of her pastel drawings. Carriera lived and worked in Vienna and Austria for periods of time but returned to Venice where she eventually had to deal with depression after a sister’s death and cataracts which eventually rendered her blind.
Some of her notable work include: Self-Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister (1715), Portrait of Sister Maria Caterina pictured below and altered for the header, and Crown Prince Friedrich Christian of Saxony created in 1739.
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Carriera, Rosalba. Portrait of Sister Maria Caterina (1732-1734), Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca’Rezzonico, Venice. 
To read more about Carriera or to see more of her work visit:
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The Athenaeum
The National Gallery
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