ObeliskRosalba Carriera

Portrait of Pisana Mocenigo

Portrait of Pisana Mocenigo, Rosalba Carriera
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Portrait of Pisana Mocenigo is a Pastel Painting created by Rosalba Carriera in 1739. It lives at the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin in Germany. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits and Women. Download

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This delicate pastel may have been a commemorative portrait of Pisana Conaro after her marriage to the Venecian politician Alvise Giovanni Mocenigo. In The Dogaressa, a history of Venetian women in politics by Pompeo Molmenti, we get a window into the personality of Pisana Conaro Mocenigo:

“whose nobleness of character, piety, and learning were unrivalled, and besides amusing herself with astronomical observations and natural history, took a singular pleasure in the study of anatomy, in which she made such great progress that she excited the admiration of the illustrious Frotomedico Santorini, and also of the immortal Giambattista Morgagni, prince of the anatomists of our time.”

Reed Enger, "Portrait of Pisana Mocenigo," in Obelisk Art History, Published June 10, 2017; last modified June 10, 2017, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/rosalba-carriera/portrait-of-pisana-mocenigo/.

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