Marchesa Luisa Casati

La Marchesa Luisa Casati (aka La Casati) photographed with her head resting on her arms, with pearls draped over her arms, taken circa 1913. Photo by Adolph de Meyer / Condé Nast via Getty Images

While many have admired heiress Casati over the years for her life led entirely based on her aesthetics, when you examine her biography, you find a woman who was incredibly selfish and was even described by close friends as megalomaniacal.

Holly's Research:

  • Muraben, Billie. “An Ode to the Singular Marchesa Luisa Casati.” April 20, 2016. AnOther.
  • Ryrerson, Scot D. and Michael Orlando Yaccarino. “Infinite Variety.” University of Minnesota Press. 2004.
  • Davies, Lucy. “The divine marchesa: the riotous world of Marchesa Luisa Casati.” The Telegraph. Nov. 23, 2014.
  • “The Palace.” Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
  • Thurman, Judith. “The Divine Marquise.” The New Yorker. Sept. 22, 2003.
  • Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Gabriele D'Annunzio.” Encyclopædia Britannica. December 15, 2016.
  • Stott, Romie. “The Sex-obsessed Poet Who Invented Fascism.” Atlas Obscura. Dec. 4, 2015.
  • Friends of Brompton Cemetery.

Topics in this Podcast: biographies, Italian history, 19th century, 20th century, heiresses, offbeat history, Venice, fashion history