Casati, Luisa, Marchesa

NOBLEMAN, SOCIETY PERSON (ITALY)
BORN 23 Jan 1881, Milano - DIED 1 Jun 1957, London: 32 Beaufort Gardens, Kensington
REAL NAME Amman, Luisa
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (1 (left of AC))

Luisa Casati was known as a beauty. She was the daughter of Alberto von Amman. Her parents were both dead by the time she was fifteen years old and she may have been among the wealthiest women of Italy. In 1900 she married the young Italian marquess Camillo Casati (1877-1946). One year later her daughter Cristina (1901-1953) was born. She and her husband held seperate residences and she started a long term affair with Gabriele d'Annunzio with whom she investigated the occult. In 1914 they seperated legally but they never divorced.

She became a celebrity in Italian society and in 1910 she moved to the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice. She dressed outrageous and was known for the parties at her house. Many artists painted or sculpted her, among them Giovani Boldini, Kees van Dongen, Jacob Epstein and Augustus John. She was photographed by Man Ray. In 1930 she went bankrupt and she fled to London. There she lived in small flats and hotels and was supported by her daughter and the painter Augustus John.

Related persons
• was the lover of Annunzio, Gabriele d'
• was sculpted by Epstein, Jacob
• was photographed by Man Ray

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The grave of Luisa Marchesa Casati at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (13 May 2011)

 

The grave of Luisa Marchesa Casati at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (13 May 2011)

 


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Published: 14 Oct 2012
Last update: 14 Oct 2012