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Marchesa Luisa Casati
Marchesa Luisa Casati | For the first three decades of the twentieth century, the fabled Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) triumphed as the brightest star in European society. Possibly the most artistically represented woman in history after the Virgin Mary and Cleopatra, the portraits, sculptures and photographs of her would fill a gallery. In a quest for immortality, she had herself painted by Boldini, Augustus John, Van Dongen, Brooks and Zuloaga; sketched by Drian, Martini and Alastair; sculpted by Balla, Barjansky and Epstein; and photographed by Man Ray, Beaton and de Meyer. She fascinated Diaghilev, frightened Artur Rubinstein, angered Aleister Crowley and intimidated T.E. Lawrence. As muse to the Italian futurists Marinetti, Depero and Boccioni, she conjured up an elaborate marionette show with music by Ravel. Bakst, Poiret, Fortuny and Erté dressed her. She gave parties where Nijinsky invited Isadora Duncan to dance. Everywhere she went, she set trends, inspired genius and astounded even the most jaded members of the international aristocracy.
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