Virginia Oldoini Verasis, Countess di Castiglione — Prompted by a lovely post at all things amazing

Virginia spent her declining years in an apartment in the Place Vendôme, where she had the rooms decorated in funeral black, the blinds kept drawn, and mirrors banished […] She would only leave the apartment at night. In the 1890s she began a brief collaboration with Pierson again, though her later photographs clearly show her loss of any critical judgement, possibly due to her growing mental instability.

One is so pleased to learn that a photograph once intensely adored is of La Castiglione…