As the curious mind will attest, it is an ethereal thrill to discover, revere, and regale the sinuous, striking feminine form. This visual narrative is celebrated here in this special compendium, The Great Beauty. These striking images fully embrace the allure and infinite intrigue of womankind—a daring, intoxicating ode to their esoteric and erotic narcissism. A cast of 11 chosen models and the accompanying production crew made the trek to Ladispoli, Italy, to the spectacular Paul Getty Villa. This iconic edifice has stood tall along the Sea of Rome since 1640 and, where, after six long days and nights in splendid, idyllic isolation, in cold and adverse conditions in November 2014, this creative endeavor came to life. These images came to form by tapping into both the classic and modern elements of photography, as photographer Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa not only harnessed the conventional, traditional use of the classic Hasselblad digital camera, but he also fully embraced post-millennial digital video technology in the form of “The Dragon,” which offers the highest-resolution that exists.
224 pp., incl. 5 gatefolds, Hardcover with jacket
94 color and 14 duotone photographs
Text in English and Italian