Posts Tagged: Countess de Castiglione

Rite of Spring Roerich costume

Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

The centenary of a Parisian instution and its most famous performance…

Rite of Spring Roerich costume

Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

The centenary of a Parisian instution and its most famous performance…

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Photographies, encore

The greatest names in photography from the medium’s inception to the present day…

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Photographies, encore

The greatest names in photography from the medium’s inception to the present day…

Castiglione

Pierre-Louis Pierson | overpainted photographs of Castiglione

Among the Met’s huge collection of Pierson-Castiglione images are works produced throughout the 1860s that are sometimes unrecognisable as photographs, so transformed are they by uncredited touch-up artists.

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Pierre-Louis Pierson | overpainted photographs of Castiglione

Among the Met’s huge collection of Pierson-Castiglione images are works produced throughout the 1860s that are sometimes unrecognisable as photographs, so transformed are they by uncredited touch-up artists.

Marcel Proust by Jacques-Émile Blanche 1892

Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits

Many of these portraits are currently on display in the exhibition Du côté de chez Jacques-Émile Blanche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Marcel Proust by Jacques-Émile Blanche 1892

Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits

Many of these portraits are currently on display in the exhibition Du côté de chez Jacques-Émile Blanche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

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Dress-down Friday: Ganna Walska

Re-examining Ganna Walska’s modus operandi, it is striking how utterly contemporary her approach to celebrity was, a combination of slender accomplishments and gargantuan ambition, of fashion labels and scent endorsements, of big rocks and little dogs.

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Dress-down Friday: Ganna Walska

Re-examining Ganna Walska’s modus operandi, it is striking how utterly contemporary her approach to celebrity was, a combination of slender accomplishments and gargantuan ambition, of fashion labels and scent endorsements, of big rocks and little dogs.

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Places: Place Vendôme

One of the countess’s most notorious public appearances saw her arrive at a ball in a sheer dress, slashed at the sides, decorated with hearts. The Empress caught sight of one such strategically placed ornament. “Your heart seems a little low,” she commented coolly.

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Places: Place Vendôme

One of the countess’s most notorious public appearances saw her arrive at a ball in a sheer dress, slashed at the sides, decorated with hearts. The Empress caught sight of one such strategically placed ornament. “Your heart seems a little low,” she commented coolly.

Molinier preview

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Molinier preview

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Robert de Montesquiou

Dress-down Friday: Robert de Montesquiou

Whistler and Boldini were each inspired by their sitter’s magnetic self-possession to produce timeless portraits, and he famously served as the model for two literary barons: Charlus in Proust’s slim page-turner À la recherche du temps perdu and des Esseintes in J.K. Huysmans’ À rebours.

Robert de Montesquiou

Dress-down Friday: Robert de Montesquiou

Whistler and Boldini were each inspired by their sitter’s magnetic self-possession to produce timeless portraits, and he famously served as the model for two literary barons: Charlus in Proust’s slim page-turner À la recherche du temps perdu and des Esseintes in J.K. Huysmans’ À rebours.

Countess de Castiglione

The countess in the cinema

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if photographer Joel-Peter Witkin went back in time to Blood of a Poet-era Jean Cocteau and convinced him that steampunk was the way forward (and who among us hasn’t?), you’re about to find out.

Countess de Castiglione

The countess in the cinema

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if photographer Joel-Peter Witkin went back in time to Blood of a Poet-era Jean Cocteau and convinced him that steampunk was the way forward (and who among us hasn’t?), you’re about to find out.

Countess de Castiglione

The countess in the afterlife

Today, curating one’s own image is a pursuit available to anyone with a Facebook account and a digital camera; this phenomenon arguably began with the Countess de Castiglione in Second Empire France.

Countess de Castiglione

The countess in the afterlife

Today, curating one’s own image is a pursuit available to anyone with a Facebook account and a digital camera; this phenomenon arguably began with the Countess de Castiglione in Second Empire France.