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La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione

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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. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 10th 2000 by Yale University Press
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Tiziana
An informative book about a fascinating character of the Second Empire era. The Countess of Castiglione, with her collaboration with photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson of the Mayer and Pierson studio, has left an indelible mark on the history of early photography - not for the love of this form of art but for the love of her own beauty.

Besides the biographical details and the photo catalogue, the book contains essays from different experts, detailing the relationship between the model and the
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Adam Brock
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. This was the major source for history dissertation, it is packed with fantastic source material. You get a real feel, not only for the period but for the illusive Countess herself, and her relationship with others, including her husband. The photographs are disturbing, they is something narcotic about those eyes, and while that type of strong featured patrician beauty is no longer fashionable, she is still gorgeous in her excess, big hair, bosom, and gowns. But it is the ...more
Maxine
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Um, fascinating photos. Truly.
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Riveting read, gob smacking photography. The first example of narcissism in photography.
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