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Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837 -- 1899), better known as La Castiglione, an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France and was considered the most beautiful woman of the era. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography: The photographs commissioned by the Countess were created under her supervision and were considered revolutionary at the time.

The Countess of Castiglione as The Queen of Hearts

The Countess of Castiglione as The Queen of Hearts

'One of her most infamous outfits was a Queen of Hearts costume. George Frederic Watts painted her portrait in 1857. She was described as having long, wavy blonde hair, pale skin, a delicate oval face, and eyes that constantly changed colour from green to an extraordinary blue-violet.'- wiki

25 Stunning Photographs Of Countess De Castiglione

25 Stunning Photographs Of Countess De Castiglione

The 19th-century Italian aristocrat, better known as as La Castiglione, was an iconic model, muse, mistress, narcissist, and queen of drama. Daphne Guinness, eat your heart out.

Amber L. Carter
This article does it right on why Countess De Castiglione was such a notable figure in her time, and thus should not be forgotten in ours.

Pierre-Louis Pierson (1822 - 1913) French photographer at the court of Napoleon 111

Pierre-Louis Pierson (1822 - 1913) French photographer. Opened a daguerreotype studio in 1844, and during this period Pierson photographed the family & court of Napoleon III. Pierson took more than 400 portraits of the Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837 -- 1899), better known as La Castiglione, an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography. Considered the most beautiful woman of the era. The photographs commissioned by the Countess were created under her supervision, were revolutionary full of self-promotion & expression.They covered three distinct periods. Her entry into French society (1856--57) Return to Parisian life (1861-1867) & finally toward the end of her life (1893 to 1895).

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