Cocktails with a Curator: Rosalba Carriera’s Portraits

March 26, 2021

In this week’s Cocktails with a Curator, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon celebrates Women’s History Month by examining two exquisite pastels by Rosalba Carriera that recently entered the collection through a bequest from Alexis Gregory and are on view for the first time on the third floor of Frick Madison. Celebrated for her technically innovative pastel portraits, Rosalba was one of the most famous artists of 18th-century Italy, particularly remarkable given the male-dominated society in which she lived. This week’s complementary cocktail is the Vesper Martini.

Cocktail Recipe

3 oz. dry gin
1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.


Lemon Drop
1.25 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
2.5 oz. club soda




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