The Countess di Castiglione portrayed as “The Marquise Mathilde” Painted Photograph 1861-1866.Virginia Oldoini, Countess di Castiglione (1837-1899), was an Italian courtesan & secret agent who achieved notoriety as mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was a significant figure in the early history of photography as a collaborator of photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson. She commissioned hundreds of portraits of herself, many of them intricately handpainted & went bankrupt in the…
Moll is now the mistress of a wealthy Jewish merchant, as is confirmed by the Old Testament paintings in the background which have been considered to be prophetic of how the merchant will treat Moll in between this plate and the third plate. She has numerous affectations of dress and accompaniment, as she keeps a West Indian serving boy and a monkey. A Harlot's Progress (also known as The Harlot's Progress), 1731, now lost) and engravings (1732) by the English artist William Hogarth.
GORGO Shown as the winged Near Eastern “Mistress of Animals,” Gorgo holds a goose in either hand. The scary face is depicted with large eyes, snaky hair (but not here), pig’s tusks, and a lolling tongue. The Gorgon’s stare turns away evil. Here Gorgo is shown with four wings and large, pendulous breasts. Painted red on white ware from Kameiros, Rhodes, c. 600 bc, excavated by Auguste Salzmann and Sir Alfred Biliotti, photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
“The Dream,” Pablo Picasso –The vivid colors of Picasso’s famous portrait of his mistress Marie-Thérèse translate beautifully to this medium. An 11” x 14” hand carved and hand painted ceramic art trivet tile reproduction can just as easily decorate a wall or a table. #giftguide