1912 Marchesa Luisa Casati, with two cheetahs by Leon Bakst

In a biographical article, the Daily Mail’s Lucy Davies wrote:  “...One of them came all the way from Venice, where half a century earlier he had been her personal gondolier, ferrying her jewel-collared cheetahs, her blue-painted greyhounds and her own decadently costumed form across the murky shimmer of the city’s lagoon.

Back then, Luisa Casati – heiress, socialite, artists’ muse – was a beacon of the belle époque, a legion of poets, artists, sculptors, designers and occultists trailing in her wake. She stuffed her palazzo on the Grand Canal (today the site of the Guggenheim Museum) with gold-painted servants, mechanical birds in gilded cages, a boa-constrictor and a pride of white peacocks that she tied to the windows, in the shade of her cypress trees…”

Leon Bakst was a noted early 20th century artist in a group that included Erté and Aubrey Beardsley.

A 1920’s photo of her walking a cat can be seen here. She also wore boa constrictor boas. This pre-dated credit card company Capital One’s ‘What’s in your wallet?’ ad campaign featuring Viking raiders by decades. In one of those ads, models were shown on a catwalk while wearing live boa constrictor boas.

From mote-historie.tumblr.com/post/84414344034/leon-bakst-marchesa-luisa-casati-with-two. Also posted to Marchesa Luisa Casati’s new Subalbum here.

1912 Marchesa Luisa Casati, with two cheetahs by Leon Bakst From mote-historie.tumblr.com/post/84414344034/leon-bakst-marchesa-luisa-casati-with-two

Bakst takes artistic license with the Marchesa’s dress in this print.

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