RYERSSON, Scott D.; ORLANDO YACCARINO, Michael
Infinite Variety, the life and legend of the Marchesa Casati
It seems a curious injustice that one of the most artistically influential women in history should never have been the subject of a full-length biography. In the mid-1980's, an inaccurate and highly romanticised study of the Marchesa's life was published. This was followed by the release of a collection of correspondence and telegrams between Casati and D'Annunzio. But unlike those works, which were equally concerned with D'Annunzio and published only in Italy, the goal of Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati is to introduce Casati herself in a factually accurate manner to a global audience. For most of the last century, and now well into the new millennium, her unique image has been on view in major art museums and galleries, collections and special exhibitions worldwide. This fact alone proves her dominance as a significant muse in the history of 20th-century art.