Amsterdam University Press
The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757)
The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757)
The Queen of Pastel
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"This new study admirably sets out to bring Carriera’s achievement to a wider audience, and makes a significant contribution to the study of women artists of the 18th century in the context of society’s gendered expectations."
- Christopher Baker, director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture at the National Galleries of Scotland, Apollo Magazine, Autumn 2020

"Who was the most celebrated Italian artist of the 18th century? A good case can be made for the miniaturist and portraitist in pastel, Rosalba Carriera ... Given the current intense interest in women artists, it is surprising how little attention has been paid to her. But Oberer’s thorough and scholarly study makes up for that neglect."
- Martin Gayford, Royal Academy Magazine, Autumn 2020

"Rosalba Carriera was the Queen of Pastel ... Now, with the release of a biography in English, maybe Carriera’s art historical value will match a bit of the esteem she commanded in her lifetime."
- Karen Chernick, Hyperallergic, Autumn 2020

Angela Oberer

The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757)

The Queen of Pastel

The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757): The Queen of Pastel is the first extensive biographical narrative in English of Rosalba Carriera. It is also the first scholarly investigation of the external and internal factors that helped to create this female painter's unique career in eighteenth-century Europe. It documents the difficulties, complications, and consequences that arose then -- and can also arise today -- when a woman decides to become an independent artist. This book contributes a new, in-depth analysis of the interplay between society's expectations, generally accepted codices for gendered behaviour, and one single female painter's astute strategies for achieving success, as well as autonomy in her professional life as a famed artist. Some of the questions that the author raises are: How did Carriera manage to build up her career? How did she run her business and organize her own workshop? What kind of artist was Carriera? Finally, what do her self-portraits reveal in terms of self-enactment and possibly autobiographical turning points?
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Angela Oberer

Angela Oberer teaches art history at Georgetown University, Florence, at AIFS, at CEA, at CET which is associated with Vanderbilt University, and at other programs that work with colleges and universities from all over the USA.