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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrated book, 14 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse (Hardcover)
This book is a perfect complement to Infinite Variety: life and legend of the Marchesa Casati written by the same authors. It's a collection of over 150 images and pictures of the Marchesa (paintings of the Marchesa, pictures of young Luisa and her family, pictures of the costumes she wore and of her many homes). It is an illustrated biography, so there is also a lot to read (although I still suggest the reading of Infinite Variety). The book is divided in chapters: a useless introduction by Diane von Fustenberg (she might be good with clothes, but she shouldn't be allowed to write); a very good foreword by Judith Thurman (writer and contributor to the New Yorker); an afterword by Luisa's granddaughter. There are the pictures of Luisa taken by Man Ray (gorgeous); some Vogue articles on the parties at the Marchesa's; some of the collages made by Luisa when she was penniless, living in London; many amazing paintings by Boldini; portraits by Augustus John; photos of Luisa in Poiret's costumes; pictures and paintings of the late Luisa; a very big (maybe too big) chapter dedicated to the legend of the Marchesa and all the movies and theatrical pieces about her life (with photos of Liz Taylor, Bergman and so on) as well as photos of fashion collections inspired by the Marchesa (Marchesa, Dior, Lagerfeld, Tom Ford).
This is definitely a nice book to have (especially if you have an empty coffee table in your living room).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy!, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse (Hardcover)
Book is FULL of images that are not on the web! and has a full informative biography of her life divided into three sections, early life, her prime and her afterlife! would recommend the read to friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to be a living work of art., 23 April 2012
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This book is a must have. The authors have done a marvellous job, after releasing the biography Infinite Variety, with this illustrated biographyfull of pictures but mostly paintings and works of art to prove why Marchesa is the third most portrayed woman in art, only after the Virgin and Cleopatra.

Everyone should have this book in their libraries.
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