Not sure what happened to last week’s post. I think it must have been lost in cyberspace. I know I wrote it, I know I scheduled it, but that’s all . . . Somehow it never showed up in anyone’s inbox and isn’t in my pending file. Ah, the sweet mysteries of the web.
So here it is again, folks.
I don’t remember where I saw this amazing photo. It’s a portrait of the Countess Castiglione, known as La Castiglione, a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III, an early photography patron, and possibly a spy.
She was born in Italy in the 1830’s and was a passionate supporter of Italian unification. She moved to Paris in the 1850’s and as Napoleon III’s mistress, “lobbyied” on Italy’s behalf and gained his support for the newly formed Italian state.
She was also fascinated by the newly developed art and science of photography and was a patron of one of the earliest photography studios in Paris.
Some of the photos are scandalous — women in those days did not show their ankles — and some are amazingly modern with an almost dada-esque quality to them.
Take a look.
I absolutely love the one just above. She must have had some sense of humor!