Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione (1835–1899)
Salted paper print from glass negative
44.8 x 29.2 cm (17 5/8 x 11 1/2 in.)
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1975
Not on view
This enlargement, made from the same negative as 1975.548.122, was printed lightly in anticipation of the retoucher's work. The part of the bow that concealed the left arm has been masked so that the arm could be painted over. This half-length version of the original photograph was printed in various formts including cartes-de-visite, all of which are known as La Dogaresse ("The Dog's Wife"). They show an anchor-shaped brooch pinned to the bow in the countess's hair, a reference to the Venetian coat of arms.
La Comtesse de Castiglione; [...]; Robert de Montesquiou; [...]; Madame Walska; [...]; Philip Kaplan
Apraxine, Pierre, and Xavier Demange. La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. no. 45, p. 176, ill. p. 176 (this print).