Oct 19, 2017 - Sale 2458

Sale 2458 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,500
Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, with a parasol. Albumen print, the image measuring 12 1/2x9 1/2 inches (31.8x24.1 cm.), with a partial caption and a numeric notation, in the negative, and additional numeric notations, in pencil, on verso. Circa 1859

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La Castiglione first visited the Mayer & Pierson studio in 1856, and over four distinct periods collaborated with Pierre-Louis Pierson to create more than 400 self-portraits. Fascinated by her own beauty, cultivating her reputation as a femme fatale, and well aware of the camera's potential, the Countess used these sittings to recreate and depict the defining aspects of her life. She actively directed the work, providing specific instructions for enlargement and printing, as well as depicting her person in various guises. A sensation in society, the Countess is today largely remembered through her contributions to photography.