Monday, 9 December 2013

I love... Marchessa Casati

The Marchessa Casati is the second most depicted female in art (the first is the Madonna). She was a muse to a great many artists, she commissioned portraits of herself and she embraced every possible medium. Her life itself was art; she walked the streets of Venice at night with her pet panther on a diamond collar and leash. She had her servants covered from head to toe in gold leaf for the parties she hosted. She died her hair and put belladonna in her eyes to give them greater impact.

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