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Theodora Souvenir Program (front cover)

 
Accession number AR.EP.PP.0555
Creator
Places
Paris (France)
France
Date
1902
Measurements
9.75 x 12.75 inches
Materials/Techniques
drawing
Work types
play program

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

Théodora -- Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt

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EXHIBITION

Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882-1922
April-October 2017

The cover of the souvenir program for the 1902 production of Victorien Sardou’s play, Théodora, starring Sarah Bernhardt as the empress, features the French jewelry and glass designer René Lalique’s 1894 image of Bernhardt as Theodora. Backed by a cruciform halo, she wears an imaginative crown ringed by imperial eagles, which, more menacingly, are also seen on the pendilia that hang across the empress’s ears.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.096
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC