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(b Venice, 7 Oct. 1673; d Venice, 15 Apr. 1757). Venetian pastel portraitist, the sister-in-law of Pellegrini. She had a European reputation and made triumphant visits to Paris (1720–1) and Vienna (1730). Her success helped to popularize pastel: Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, for example, was converted to the medium through his admiration for her. It is now hard to appreciate why her work, which is highly accomplished but generally rather insipid, should have aroused such enthusiasm.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)