Luisa Casati, the Bewitching Muse
Lecture – Dr Will Visconti
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Marchesa Luisa Casati was one of the greatest muses and art patrons of the early 20th century, cutting a swathe through the circles in which she moved. Hers is one of the most painted faces of modern art, and hers were the most flamboyant parties in Europe. She was involved, too, in fashion, and treated herself, in some ways, as an artistic creation.
The Marchesa was known as a mastermind of opulent spectacle, but she had a private, esoteric side. In the the enclosed chambers of her grand villas, she studied and practised the occult arts: necromancy and hexes, divination and binding spells, and more.
In this vibrantly illutrated lecture, Dr Visconti uncovers Casati’s little-know occult practices, and then turns to showing how she incorporated magic and witchcraft into her projects, where the hints are there in plain sight. The occultism even fed into her her identity as ‘a living work of art.’
Dr Will Visconti is a lecturer at Central Saint Martins, and holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at London’s School of Advanced Study. Join us for an evening where fashion meets magic, where splendour shrouds secrecy – in an unforgettable night.
Image credit: Luisa Casati by Man Ray.
Time: Arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. No latecomers
Price: £9 Ring, or book online here below