Virginia Oldoini (1837-1899)


Virginia Oldoïni, Countess of Castiglione (1837 – 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography. In 1856 she began sitting for Mayer and Pierson, photographers favored by the imperial…