Countess di Castiglione

Sorry to anyone who is actually following this blog as I haven’t posted much in a while being massively busy on a book project. But today I ran across this.

Photo info: In 1856, Adolphe Braun published a book containing 288 photographs of Virginia Oldoini, Countess di Castiglione, a Tuscan noblewoman at the court of Napoleon III.


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Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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3 Responses to Countess di Castiglione

  1. jsurnina says:

    Fascinating woman!
    Robert de Montesquiou, a Symbolist poet, dandy, and avid art collector, was fascinated by the Countess di Castiglione. He spent thirteen years writing a biography, La Divine Comtesse, which appeared in 1913. After her death, he collected 433 of her photographs, all of which entered the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Wikipedia)

  2. marblenecltr says:

    So that is what a Tuscan nobleman looks like! If I ever encounter one, I will know where she is from and her station in life. The only trouble with the latter is the coming abundance of knock-offs of her gown given its demand for attraction and emulation. Look for many wearing it on the next Oscar’s red carpet stroll.

  3. Tony Single says:

    It’s just nice to know you’re still alive and kicking, and still appreciating wonderful art! 😛

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