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Théodora - L'Impératrice (Sarah Bernhardt) goûtant le filtre d'amour dans le Caveau de l'Egyptienne

 
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0502
Creator
Places
Paris (France)
France
Date
c. 1902
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph
Work types
postcard

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

Théodora - L'Impératrice (Sarah Bernhardt) goûtant le filtre d'amour dans le Caveau de l'Egyptienne (Cliché P. Boyer) ["Theodora - The Empress (Sarah Bernhardt) tastes the love potion in the Egyptian's vault"]

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EXHIBITION

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

The early years of the twentieth century were the high point of the “postcard craze.” Along with more traditional scenic views (view cards), postcards allowed everyday people to share experiences of art and theater. This postcard and the others in the series, made in France from photographs by Paul Boyer (1861–1908), display scenes from the 1902 production of Victorien Sardou’s Théodora, which starred Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923) as the empress. Theodora is shown in her boudoir, consulting a sorceress, fraternizing with her rebel lover Andreas, and preparing to kill the conspirator Marcellus – all fictionalized events created for the play.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.094
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC