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Self-Portrait as a Chimera

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


c. 1880


Sarah Bernhardt (French, 1844–1923)

About this artwork

French actor and artist Sarah Bernhardt was perhaps the first global superstar, with legions of admirers spread across Britain, continental Europe, North and South America, and as far afield as Australia. In this fantastical bronze inkwell, she portrayed herself as a chimera, a mythological creature composed of disparate body parts. Here, Bernhardt joined her human torso and head to clawed haunches, bat wings, and a dragon-like tail. The work is a key example of her inspired use of visual media to fashion and promote her own image.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Sarah Bernhardt


Self-Portrait as a Chimera


Paris (Object made in)

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31.8 × 34.9 × 31.8 cm (12 1/2 × 13 3/4 × 12 1/2 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Constance T. and Donald W. Patterson and Pamela Kelley Hull

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