Ongoing Art

"The Allure of Creative Self-Absorption"

When: Through July 14

Exhibition of photographs of Virginia Oldoini Verasis, the Countess of Castiglione. A great beauty, grande horizontale, and mistress to Napoleon III, the Countess was an iconic figure of the glamorous Second Empire. In an era when the average person might be photographed once in his or her lifetime, the Countess commissioned more than 400 images of herself from the Parisian studio photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson and others.

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