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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.

Date:

about 1880

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Sarah Bernhardt

Title

Self-Portrait as a Chimera

Place

Paris (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1875–1885

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2021.2

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