#32 "Rosalba Carriera: the Queen of Pastel" - Conversation with Angela Oberer
Updated: Nov 27
Saturday, November 27, 2021
It was a great joy to welcome a great friend and colleague Angela Oberer to the 32nd edition of Paola's Studiolo. Angela's book, The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673–1757): The Queen of Pastelis 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 18th c. Europe. It documents the intricate 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.
We talked about the incredible way Carriera managed to build her career and the innovative ways she organized her business, and ran her workshop - one of the most famed in Europe of the early 1700s.