(b. 1675, Venezia, d. 1757, Venezia)

Portrait of Barbara Campanini

c. 1739
Pastel on paper
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

Carriera began her career as a lace-maker, then went on to paint ivory miniatures to decorate caskets. When she switched to pastel technique and the portrait genre, she met with great success. In 1720 she was invited to Paris. and became a favourite of Europe's monarchs and elite. Her popularity was due to her delicate, sensitive approach, and her outstanding ability to depict character.