Rosalba Carriera

Rosalba Carriera was one of few women to make a successful career as an artist in the 18th century. She began her career painting portrait miniatures on ivory to adorn the inside of snuff-box lids, and by the time she was in her twenties was attracting an international clientele for her portrait miniatures and pastel portraits. This picture is based on a pastel self-portrait that she made in old age, now in the Royal Collection at Windsor.

Key facts

Artist dates
1673 - 1757
Full title
Rosalba Carriera
Date made
18th century
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
57.6 x 39.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery