Kathleen Langone

Amalia Kussner, Amazing And Daring Artist of the Gilded Age

Amalia Kussner was the sought after miniature portrait artist by the women of the Gilded Age. Though her skill was quite impressive, her meteoric rise to fame had much to do with her bold attitude and demanding equal commissions to her male counterparts. Her style displayed women in confident poses, usually suggestively draped in fabrics of silk and tuille, and wearing their finest pearls and gemstones. She connected all over the world with the Who’s Who of that era (Edward VII, Czar and Czarina of Russia and Consuelo Vanderbilt). Ms. Langone will share for the first time, recently found materials on Kussner, further illuminating this amazing yet complex artist.

[Recorded August 12, 2023]

Kathleen Langone

Kathleen Langone (hkl4833@verizon.net) has been a historical researcher most of her adult life and has given presentations at historical societies and universities, and has been interviewed for TV and radio. She has written historical articles which covered local New England characters and natural disasters. Currently, Langone has a podcast series, People Hidden in History (iTunes), which highlights fascinating people in the arts and politics which are unknown to the general public.

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