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The idea of painting large-scale decorative canvases full of exotic birds in a formal garden setting was invented in Holland by Melchior de Hondecoeter (1636-95, see for example 405354). Bogdani was born in Hungary and moved to Amsterdam in 1684, where Me

Birds have long been a source of artistic inspiration.

Rosalba Giovanna Carriera (Venice 1675-Venice 1757)

Self-Portrait as 'Innocence' c.1705-1757

RCIN 420544

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Although today perhaps most widely associated with peace, the dove can also symbolise concepts of purity and virginity. This is how it was used by Venetian rococo artist Rosalba Carriera in this work, which combines the genres of self portraiture and allegory. By depicting herself in a modest white dress, matching the colour of the bird clasped to her, and by giving herself soft, childlike features, she seeks to become the very embodiment of l’Innocenza.