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Alphonse Mucha’s poster rendition of the play Lorenzaccio (by Alfred de Musset, 1836) for the 1896 production by Sara Bernhardt Company. The dragon coiled at the top of the frame represents the antagonist, tyrant Alessandro de’Medici, whom Lorenzaccio plots to assassinate in 16th c. Florence. He accomplishes this but only through his own disgrace, even then failing to achieve a republican revolt as hoped. No happy endings here.
The play was never staged in de Musset’s lifetime due to its complexity, but Sarah Bernhardt, eager to play the lead – and title – male role, personally saw to its production and release. This led to a tradition of Lorenzaccio portrayed be a female actress.
Mucha accomplished several posters for Bernhardt, in fact, his work for her was instrumental in his recognition worldwide. Elements of his design incorporated into the posters even made their way to the stage as props, such as the snake bracelet on his poster for Médée (1898).
Artist: Alphonse Mucha
Format: Color Lithograph