On the 28th of November, 1899, Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione died, aged sixty-two.
Born on the 22nd of March, 1837 to an Italian aristocratic family, she was known for her beauty and for being the mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She is also remembered for her contributions to the development of photography.
Oldoini, who was known for her long, wavy blonde hair and changeable eyes, was photographed many hundreds of times. Many pictures did not feature her face as they were considered risqué for the time. For example the pictures that were taken of her bare legs and feet.
She cut herself off from society as she got older, and refused to go outside except at night.