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
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.