The famous Italian courtesan and fashionista Countess Virginia De Castiglione was the first to experience all the pros and cons of working as the photo-model.
This noble woman is now considered as the so-called mother of all next generations of photomodels.
The history of her stormy life dates back to the mid-19th century, when the countess married.
At that time, she was only 16 years old. In 1855, Virginia, together with her husband, went to France, where the life of the future model changed radically.
The trip to Paris was not accidental. Countess La Castiglione was entrusted with a very important mission: to seduce Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, and persuade him to sign a bill on the unification of Italy.
However, the young girl was not determined to conduct those tiresome negotiations.Instead of this, the countess gained the French emperor trust and became his new mistress.
Relations lasted a little more than six months, but it was enough for her to get all the necessary business connections in that society and establish a good reputation.
In 1856, the countess became a permanent model in the imperial court and posed for the camera of Pierre-Louis Pierson, the most famous photographer of that time.
About a year later, La Castiglione decided to divorce the count, taking him to the cleaners.
The further creative career of the Italian countess developed very rapidly.
This artistic duo of La Castiglione and Pierre-Louis Pierson created unusual and provocative photographs, which at that time were considered simply indecent.
The Italian socialite took ambiguous poses, and also allowed the photographer to shot her own bare legs on the camera.
With age, the favorite of Napoleon III withdrew into herself, was rarely seen in public.However, her photographs became more insane and frank.
In the book "La Divine Comtesse", which is entirely devoted to the biography of the most eminent Italian Countess, the author Pierre Apraksin wrote that art historians vainly ignore the photo masterpieces of Virginia De Castiglione, calling them trivial.
There is practically no information about the purpose of the photos. But many historians agree that the Italian countess sent her portraits as gifts to close friends and faithful fans.
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