Party Pauline

Pauline Borghese (1780-1825) was a Bonaparte, the sister of Napoleon. She married into the Roman noble family of the Borghese and it was while in Rome that the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova did a reclining, semi-nude statue of her. Commissioned by her husband, no less. Pauline was rumored to be a bit promiscuous, and the sculpture didn’t help quell the gossip. I took this picture from behind her and like imagining that she was turning her head as she became aware of me taking her photograph (see post below).