La Divine Comtesse

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... The Countess Castiglione was a woman of multiple personalities -- Cleopatra crossed with Blanche DuBois. Her narcissism in regard to her own photographic image was a precursor to the self-portraits we've seen throughout the 20th century. Her idea was to re-enact her finest moments in life, right down to the ball gowns and costumes she wore. The Countess also took on personalities of theater and opera heroines, photographing herself in poses as if making a grand entrance.