Marchesa Luisa Casati by Augustus John (1919) & Liselotte Watkins (Lady Gaga, eat your heart out)

“She was the most scandalous woman of her day.” The Marchesa Luisa Casati was Europe’s most notorious celebrity, & its most eccentric. For the first three decades of the 20th century she astounded the continent. Nude servants gilded in gold leaf attended her. Bizarre wax man-nequins sat as guests at her dining table. She wore live snakes as jewelry. And she was infamous for her evening strolls, naked beneath her furs, parading cheetahs on diamond-studded leashes. Introduction from Infinite Variety, The Life & Legend of the Marchesa Casati.

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