Salvador Dali with Steven Arnold’s muse Pandora the night Dali screened and celebrated Mr. Arnold’s surrealistic feature-length film Luminous Procuress in what Steven referred to as “the Louis XIV room” at the St. Regis hotel. New York City’s elite attended the screening, and the film received rave reviews from Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and others. Pandora is dressed in wearable art pioneer Kaisik Wong’s fashion.
When her husband, Count de Castiglione, threatened to take their son out of her care, the Countess sent him this hand-coloured photograph, which shows her in a dark-coloured velvet robe, her hair dishevelled and cascading around her face and neck, grasping a dagger in her right hand. Matching the murderous look on her face, the portrait is entitled “Vengeance” and dedicated “Au comte de Castiglione/Reine d’Etrurie” (to the Count de Castiglione/ the Queen of Etruria).
The Count did not proceed with his plan. —
A couple of comments before reading the article- I think the photo of the outside of the building was photographed later before it was torn down. I don't remember it be quite that disheveled. The entrance seemed small and when you got inside it was sprawling and decadent. A feast for the eyes with lots and lots of interesting people hanging about. I sat many an evening with Steven on those sofas in the first photo. What great times we had. You may remember from the photos I've posted of me some of the sculptures as they are in my images as well.