Countess di Castiglione

Contessa di Castiglione 1860 Pierson photo & bust - Copy (800x779)Virginia Oldoini, Countess di Castiglione (1837–99) Italian courtesan & secret agent who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was an advocate for Italian unification through the influence she had upon the Emperor. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography.  Pierre-Louis Pierson’s 1860 photograph.
Solomon-Godeau, Abigail “The Legs of the Countess,” October 39 (Winter, 1986) 65-108

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