Springfield Virginia

Castiglione Scherzo di Follia

Virginia Oldoini, the Countess de Castiglione, died in Paris on this day in 1899. A famed beauty and imperial courtesan, she bowed out just before the end of the 19th century having supplied its greatest series of photographic portraits, her collaborations with photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson.

Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo recently depicted Marge Simpson in Castiglione’s most famous pose (entitled Scherzo di Follia) as part of a series in which the Springfield superstar recreates iconic fashion imagery. Being a fan of both the countess and the cartoon (and if you think The Simpsons has gone downhill I defy you to watch the recent episode where Carl rediscovers his Icelandic roots to a Sigur Rós soundtrack and tell me the show has completely lost it), I’m pretty happy right now.

Marge Castiglione

Further reading
The countess in the afterlife
The countess in the cinema
A Casati family tree
Dress-down Friday: Ganna Walska
Places: Place Vendôme
Pierre-Louis Pierson: overpainted photographs of Castiglione
Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées


One comment

  1. Rana

    I also wrote a post about this illustrations! Check out the other illustrations too they’re also pretty beautiful.

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