Rosalba Carriera was a Venetian artist who produced portrait miniatures
early on in her career, then was later known for her pastel works. She
painted miniatures for snuff boxes for the tourist trade to such
proclaim that she was unable to keep up with the demand. She was also
popular as portrait artist. During a trip to Paris, she was asked to
paint portraits of the King and other royalty. Among the hundreds of
portraits she completed, Rosabla produced a number of self-portraits,
including the painting on this page. Despite her skill, which would
place her in the class of a tradeswoman, she displays a hairdo that is
worthy of a noblewoman. The brightness and happiness is embodied in the
work, at a time when other artists chose darker and austere backgrounds.
Her works are lively, friendly, and comforting. A technical expert, she
captured the essence of patterns and textures, recreating everything
from lace, to furs, jewels, hair,and skin, which delighted and impressed
her many patrons throughout her career.
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