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"I want to be a living work of art."  The Marchesa Casati via Ivanhoe Books Art And Design

Luisa, Marchesa Casati Stampa di Soncino January 1881 – 1 June also know as Luisa Casati, was an Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early Europe known for her eccentricities.

Adolph De Meyer photograph, 1919 "I want to be a living work of art" Luisa Casati Today, 131 years ago, Marchesa Luisa Casati was born. I tried so many times to write something about La Casati, but it seemed to me always too difficult and the story so long that an entire book wouldn't be enough. I probably came to know La Marchesa via some photos I found randomly, but the one which caught my attention the most is a photograph of her in Leon Bakst's "Queen of the night&q...

Adolph De Meyer photograph, 1919 "I want to be a living work of art" Luisa Casati Today, 131 years ago, Marchesa Luisa Casati was born.

It's the first time I see this picture of Marchesa Casati. It was taken by Man Ray, 1922.

It's the first time I see this picture of Marchesa Casati. It was taken by Man Ray,

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Luisa Casati as the Empress Theodora, Rome, photographer unknown 1905

Man Ray, Marquise Casati, 1922

From ARS/Art Resource, Man Ray, Marquise Casati Silver positive on glass plate

Boldini e la Casati

Eccentric Italian aristocrat and muse Marchesa Luisa Casati was one of the driving forces behind century haute couture.

Beautiful 1905 dress worn by Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957), an eccentric Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early 20th century Europe. As the concept of dandy was expanded to include women, the Marchesa Casati fitted the utmost female example by saying: “I want to be a living work of art”

Marchesa Luisa Casati in Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early century Europe. As the concept of dandy was expanded to include women, the Marchesa Casati fitted the utmost female example by saying: "I want to be a living work of art".

De Meyer photograph, Venice, 1912

Luisa, Marquise Casati Stampa di Soncino - Eccentric Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early century Europe. Photo by Demeyer, 1912

Stage costume - Bakst

Léon Bakst 1912 The Marchesa Casati Costume Design — original fashion print

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