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[Album page with ten photographs of La Comtesse mounted recto and verso]

Artist:
Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913)
Person in Photograph:
Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione (1835–1899)
Date:
1861–67
Medium:
Albumen silver prints from glass negative
Dimensions:
10.8 x 8.6 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.) to 2.5 x 3.5 cm (1 x 1 3/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.548.258–.262
Not on view
The photographs laid out by the countess on this page illustrate different stages in a busy day. Midday (top left) shows her in street clothes, ready to partake of a country picnic. In Ernani (top right), a reference to Verdi's opera, she is blowing a small hunting horn. Nightlife scenes show her enjoying herself in a private room of a big restaurant on the boulevard or sitting forlorn in the back room of a brasserie or dance hall. The photograph at the center may have been inspired by Greuze's widely reproduced painting Young Girl Weeping over Her Dead Bird. This album page is emblematic of the countess's personal world, with its tug-of-war between joy and sadness.
La Comtesse de Castiglione; [...]; Robert de Montesquiou; [...]; Madame Walska; [...]; Philip Kaplan

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