Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione (1835–1899)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 10.5 x 7 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Mount: 12.2 x 9.1 cm (4 13/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Mat: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
Inscription: No annotaions or inscriptions visible
(Marc Pagneux, Paris, May 2, 1995); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
Musée d'Orsay. "La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess Castiglione," October 11, 1999–January 23, 2000.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess Castiglione," September 18, 2000–December 31, 2000.
Apraxine, Pierre, and Xavier Demange. La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. no. 33, p. 173, ill. p. 121 (this print).
The photograph used as a model by Schad for the large painted portrait "Beatrix" dates from the Countess's first stay in Paris, from 1856 to 1857. Enveloped in a large black cape, she is seen leaning against a French window in what appears to be Pierson's studio in the boulevard de Capucines.
Title inscribed by Countess on glass plate; title may refer to Ernest Legouvé play, performed at the Théâtre de l'Odéon, March 25, 1861, with Ristori (one of the Countess's favorite actresses) in the title role; see also larger version with applied color from Gilman Paper Company Collection (2005.100.406). [Alteveer/IFA]