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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Antonia Bembo

b. circa 1640, Venice; d. circa 1720, Paris

Antonia Bembo, an Italian composer and singer born in Venice, moved to Paris some time before 1676 and performed for King Louis XIV, who granted her a pension (government funding) that allowed her to remain in France and dedicate herself to composition. She composed numerous serenatas, arias, religious and secular cantatas, and the opera Ercole amante (1707).