Infinite Variety by Scot D. Ryersson
The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati

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The Marchesa Luisa Casati was Europe's most notorious celebrity, and its most eccentric. For the first three decades of the twentieth century she astounded the continent. Nude servants gilded in gold leafs attended her; bizarre wax mannequins sat as guests at her dining table; and she wore live snakes as jewellery. Among those she captivated were Man Ray, Augustus John, Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton and Jack Kerouac. Some became lovers, others awestruck admirers, but all were influenced by this extraordinary muse. Explored in detail for the first time, this is the story of the Marchesa Luisa Casati.
 

About Scot D. Ryersson

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Scot D. Ryersson is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer and the author of film reviews and essays. Michael Orlando Yaccarino is a highly praised film critic specializing in genre films. Scot D. Ryersson is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer and the author of film reviews and essays. Michael Orlando Yaccarino is a highly praised film critic specializing in genre films.
 
Published November 1, 1999 by Viridian Books. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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As illustrator—graphic designer Ryersson and film critic Yaccarino describe it, her behavior grew increasingly bizarre—life-size wax replicas of herself and others were seated as guests at dinner parties—but she continued to intrigue serious artists like Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, and Augustus John, ...

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Infinite Variety Scot D Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino 249pp, Pimlico, £12.50 Buy it at a discount at BOL La Divina Comtesse Pierre Apraxine 192pp, Yale, £16.95 Buy it at a discount at BOL Marchesa Luisa Casati, heiress and young wife to minor nobility, was spotted while...

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The authors describe her unnaturally red hair, cadaverous pallor and scarlet lips as giving her in middle age ""the unsettling appearance of a Kabuki performer."" By the time she was 50, she had gone from immense wealth to bankruptcy and from tantalizing and demanding muse to a lurid Miss Havisha...

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