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Rosalba Giovanna Carriera (Venice 1675-Venice 1757)

A self-portrait c. 1745

RCIN 452375

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The Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera was renowned throughout Europe for her portraits in pastel. This self-portrait was one of her last works before the onset of blindness in 1746. It was probably made as a gift to her friend and patron, Joseph Smith, the British Consul in Venice.