The eccentric, extravagant socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati once declared, “I want to be a living work of art,” and it’s a feat she pulled off during her lifetime. More significantly, though, even in a world where celebrities work overtime to assert themselves as daring originals, the Marchesa Casati continues to cast her hypnotic, heavily perfumed spell from beyond the grave.
The article features The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse, a new release by Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino. Ryersson and Yaccarino also authored the bestselling Casati biography Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati, published by University of Minnesota Press.
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