t 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 museums, collections and special exhibitions worldwide. This fact alone proves her dominance as a significant muse in the history of 20th-century art.

Infinite Variety is the only full-length, family-authorised biography of the Marchesa Luisa Casati. Written by noted authors Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino, all editions of it have been lavishly produced with a wealth of illustrations. Obtained from private archives, many of these are being reproduced here for the first time and have been painstakingly restored by The Casati Archives. This exhaustively-researched study includes a foreword by acclaimed wit, the late Quentin Crisp–who met Casati in London where she spent the final act of an altogether extraordinary lifetime. With the tremendous crossover appeal of its fabulous subject; sold-out status of almost all subsequent fully-revised, non-English-language editions; and continued extensive worldwide press coverage, Infinite Variety is an established literary sensation. And since its initial publication, the book has been cited internationally in many major art exhibit catalogues, biographical works and historical studies of fashion as the only source for complete and accurate information on the Marchesa Casati.

Also, the lavishly-illustrated, deluxe coffee-table book The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse featuring a new text by Ryersson and Yaccarino was published internationally in 2009 to tremendous critical and popular acclaim. And in autumn 2017, Infinite Variety (Ultimate Edition) has been released featuring a completely revised, updated and expanded text with never-before-seen images. This exhaustive volume is surely the finest homage to the subject in words and images ever.

So finally, it must be recognized that as a result of the continuous activity surrounding these books and related projects, the Marchesa Luisa Casati's position has been fully regained as an icon recognized worldwide whose life and legend is still astonishing new and future audiences.



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