Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, called Sisi, collected photographs in the 1860s, but kept them private throughout her life. Today the Museum Ludwig holds eighteen of her albums with some 2000 photographs. They show the nobility—many of them members of Sisi’s family—as well as celebrities and artworks. The most renowned are from her “albums of beauties,” highly staged portraits of other women. Sisi used these photographs to shape her own image during her months-long stays in Venice, Madeira, and Corfu. In these years she matured into a more energetic, self-confident figure whose beauty became legendary. In the late 1860s, at the age of 31, Sisi decided not to be photographed anymore. The presentation outlines the connections between her almost obsessive collecting of portraits of women and the image of herself that she created.