In the first half of the 20th century Marchesa Luisa Casati was Europe's most notorious celebrity. This heiress famously said, "I want to be a living work of art." She was eccentric, often scandalous and fascinated some of the most influential artists of her time. Fortuny, Poiret, and others dressed her and designers today (Karl Lagerfield) still name her as an inspiration. She kept cheetahs as pets and wore live snakes as jewelry. Intrigued?
painting by Augustus John
Well, "The Marchesa Luisa Casati: Portraits of a Muse" is a visual biography telling the story of her curious life through the art she inspired. This week's giveaway is for one copy of the book courtesy of Abrams Books. With more than 200 pages of images of the captivating redhead with her piercing eyes, the book should be able to offer the winner nearly as much inspiration as the lady herself.
the book coverTo enter: merely leave a comment below. Open to International readers. Please leave an e-mail address if you don't have a blog.