The Gaze Pierre-Louis Pierson 1856-57, Albumen silver print from glass negative - Virginia Oldoini, Countess Verasis de Castiglione (1837-1899), created a sensation when she appeared in Paris in 1855. Her raging narcissism found in photography the perfect ally; the firm of Mayer & Pierson produced over seven hundred different images of her.
Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913). [La Finlandaise], 1861-67. Painted and retouched by Unknown, French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.400)