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[ Comtesse de Virginia CASTIGLIONE ] Madame la Comtesse de Castiglione et Napoléon III ou Le bal aux Tuileries le mardi 29 janvier 1856

[ Comtesse de Virginia CASTIGLIONE ]

Charles ROBERT

Madame la Comtesse de Castiglione et Napoléon III ou Le bal aux Tuileries le mardi 29 janvier 1856

Paris 1856, 30x24cm, une feuille sous marie-louise.


Original ink drawing signed and dated by Charles Robert, titled “Madame la Comtesse de Castiglione et Napoléon III ou Le bal aux Tuileries le mardi 29 janvier 1856”
Paris 1856 | 30,5 x 25 cm | one leaf under mat
This drawing depicts the historic meeting of the 19-year-old Countess de Castiglione with Emperor Napoleon III at a ball given by his niece Princess Mathilde. Invested by Cavour with a delicate diplomatic mission, the Countess came to Paris with the aim of seducing the Emperor and making him sympathetic to the Piedmontese cause to further the Italian unification movement. She had a brief affair with the Emperor, which undoubtedly strengthened ties between France and Italy. However, it came to an end when Italian carbonari made an attempt on the Emperor's life the following year.
Aesthetic representation of the early days of this Italian Mata Hari as ambassador and spy to the French imperial court.

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