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The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse
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It is important to understand both what this book is and what it is not. It is a picture book. But unlike so many of today's pictorial offerings, it is definitely not a poorly researched and bunged- together doorstop. This book was more curated than written. It was done so with so much obvious attention to detail that one can easily imagine its contents on display at a blockbuster National Portrait Gallery show. From the high production values to the tasteful and varied graphics and the clever construction that sets out the Casati legend in dramatic phases, this is a beautiful book.
Two things shine through on every page - the passion the authors have for their subject matter and the care they take to ensure their many pictures appear alongside the corresponding text. This latter point is not a minor one - so many authors of illustrated books bend to publishing economics by binding in picture "sections" which require the reader to madly flip back and forth through many pages in order to relate textual and graphic elements. In this book the echoes of argument between the authors, editors and layout artists ("no, the Van Dongen portrait stays right where it is.... you move the D'Annunzio photo over my dead body".... etc.) are visceral.Read more ›
This book has it all!! Pictures not included in the Ryersson/Yaccarino bio of her: Infinite Variety; and also brief bio bits that were in Infinite Variety.
A gorgeous confection of a coffee table book of a woman I would call the first Goth girl!
For those sick of Audrey Hepburn and her ilk, this book is a welcome respite!
May the Marchesa live on in the hearts and arts of many to come!
Thank you Scott Ryersson and Michael Yaccarino for this amazing and fabulous book!
I received my copy yesterday and sat up to the wee hours to read.
I'm ordering another to give as a gift.
The text as are the photographs make this enigmatic woman live.
Many of them have never been published before.
With a super interesting section about contemporary artists and designers still inspired by Her!!
It's a pity the Marchesa did not live in an era where being a self-portrait photographer was seen as a valid artistic career, and that there was no one to help rein in some of her impulses and manage her money, but what a crazy original spirit. The force of her personality/vision trumps the florid yet insipid writing, and makes me want a pet cheetah.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems to be a re-hash of their previous publication. There are more images, but minimal new documentation.Published 7 months ago by Auburn S.
The book was beyond great.. loved all the pictures of Casati..very pleased with the purchasePublished 17 months ago by Barbra Kauffman
This is an excellent companion to the Luisa Casati biography, because it has so many visuals that flesh out the influences she had on others during her lifetime all the way up to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paula Carr
Rich photos, interesting texts, sic transit Gloria mundi, elegance and trangression always stilish, D'Annunzio style! Now she rests at Brompton Cemetery London.Published on April 26, 2014 by Gianluca La Villa
Have only peeked and read a little about the Marquise Casati because I am busy reading about the Mansons. This woman was way ahead of her times, looks interesting.Published on September 7, 2013 by pucker