Melandri - Sarah Bernhardt, about 1879

Melandri (active Paris, 1860 - 1883)

Sarah Bernhardt as the Queen in 'Ruy Blas' by Victor Hugo, about 1879

Gelatin silver print , 16.5 x 10.8 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)


Isabella Stewart Gardner loved music and theater and was a patron of the performing arts. She befriended musicians and actors and memorialized them in the fifteen glass-topped cases she installed in her museum's galleries. One of her theatrical friends was French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). Isabella displayed this photograph of her in the costume of the Queen in the play 'Ruy Blas' by Victor Hugo in the Modern Actors Case in the Long Gallery.