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New Book | The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera

Posted in books by Editor on July 6, 2020

Soon available from AUP:

Angela Oberer, The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673–1757): The Queen of Pastel (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020), 332 pages, ISBN: 9789462988996, €119 / $140.

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 into 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 among society’s expectations, generally accepted codices for gendered behavior, 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, possibly autobiographical turning points?

Angela Oberer graduated from Bonn University with a master’s thesis on “The Cycle of the True Cross Relic at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.” In 2002 she received her doctoral degree at the Technische Universität in Berlin with a thesis on Signorelli’s and Sodoma’s fresco cycle in Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Since 2003 she had taught art history at various U.S. study abroad programs in Florence—currently at Georgetown University, Florence, at AIFS, at CET (which is associated with Vanderbilt University), and at other programs that work with colleges and universities from across the United States.

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