"I want to be a living work of art!" - Luisa Casati -
The real Marchesa Casati. The "blurred" picture was made by Man Ray.
You can read more about her absolutely thrilling life in the biography by Ryersson and Yaccarino, or get a feeling for the period with the book: "Kokain", by Pitigrilli.
"But her alchemy was much more complex, producing many other marvels. By what fire did she transmute the substance of her life into beauties of such moving power?
She demonstrated how true it is that all enchantment is a madness induced with art.
But what was the real essence of this creature?
Was she aware of her continuous metamorphosis, or was she impenetrable to herself, excluded from her own mystery?"
- Gabriele D'Annunzio - (italian poet and her long-time lover)