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Catherine Maria Sama
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI 02881-1967)

The Correspondence of 18th-Century Venetian Artist Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757): A Translation and Edition

Commissioned by the editors of "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" book series (Victoria College, University of Toronto), my book will be the first fully annotated edition in English translation of the correspondence of the Venetian artist, Rosalba Carriera, the most famous female artist in early 18th-century Europe. I am also building an open-access, searchable database of the letters. Carriera's vast correspondence with prominent European patrons, princes, fellow artists, and collectors provide scholars with insight into the politics of patronage, the quotidian aspects of artists' lives and work, and the intersections of literary and artistic worlds in the first half of the 18th century. It is a unique source of information on the ways a female artist crossed the gender boundaries of her society to make a name for herself in a male-dominated profession. This project will make an important contribution to Women's History, Art History, 18th-Century Studies, Digital Humanities.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Gender Studies; Women's History

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Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014