[Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora]

Paul Nadar1889–1900

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt in costume as the Empress Theodora in the 1884 production of Theodora. She poses dramatically in front of an interior backdrop with one arm raised high above her head and her head tilted back slightly. Sheer fabric covers her face and head and wraps around her dress, revealing the decorative pattern of her dress underneath.


  • Title: [Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora]
  • Creator: Paul Nadar
  • Date Created: 1889–1900
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.5 × 9.9 cm (5 3/4 × 3 15/16 in.)
  • Type: Card photograph
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XM.436.163
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Paul Nadar (French, 1856 - 1939)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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