Description of the artwork «America»
Venetian native Rosalba Carriera popularized pastel as a medium for serious artwork, not simple sketching. Pastel is a pure powdery pigment bound in sticks - lends itself to soft edges with surprisingly crisp detail. Carriera's mastery of this "America" look is particularly evident in naturalistic flesh tones and a radiant, jeweled headband.
In the 18th century, Europe recognized four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe and America. The illustrated title pages of European atlases published at that time often represented continents. The artists represented each woman as a woman, identified by costume details (for example, a turban for "exotic" Africa) or an attribute ("civilized" Europe often holds a scepter).
“America” is clearly part of that set. The headband, feather hair ornament and quiver with arrows reflect the stories and stories of the continent.
Text taken from Google Arts and Culture.