Jan Taminiau has created the costumes for Ritratto, the opera by Willem Jeths, first Dutch Componist des Vaderlands at the Dutch National Opera.
Ritratto is about Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881), a surrealist version of the Medusa, eccentric and a pioneer. The young orphaned and married, excessively wealthy Italian Marquesa Casati strove to be seen throughout her life. She was famous for the exuberant parties she organized. She allowed herself to be portrayed or photographed by numerous artists. With her black-rimmed eyes, her flaming red hair and eccentric behavior she tried to gain a place in the art world.