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La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione
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The Comtesse was born in Italy in 1837, was considered the most beautiful woman of her day, became mistress to Emperor Napoleon III and many other powerful people, and collaborated with her photographer for 40 years to record her cult of personal beauty. Here is the catalogue for an exhibition of some 400 portraits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, September to December 2000, translated from the catalogue of one in 1999 at the Mus<'e>e d'Orsay in Paris.
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Symbol of the Second Empire, that dazzling and artificial epoch, the mysterious Countess de Castiglione dedicated her life to a cult of personal beauty and made sensational appearances at various stages of her life, great moments that she recreated for the camera. These photographs contributed to her legend during her lifetime and were prized by collectors after her death. This book presents an extraordinary collection of the most remarkable of these photographs.
The portraits, which number around 400 and are now scattered in public and private collections around the world, are here itemized and analyzed for the first time. The authors take great care to place them in their social and cultural context.
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