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Alphonse Mucha "Lorenzaccio" Lithograph

This stunning theater poster was designed by the designer Alphonse Mucha for the play "Lorenzaccio", written by Alfred de Musset, about the Medici family in 16th century Florence, in which Sarah Bernhardt played the title role. The poster shows Lorenzaccio considering how to kill Alessandro de' Medici, his cousin, who is besieging the city. The dragon above represents the city of Florence (its emblem appears by the dragon's mouth). The ornate, jeweled sword in the bottom panel, above the theater's name, represents a possible solution to Lorenzaccio's dliemma.

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Item #: ML-20492
Artist: Alphonse Mucha
Country: France
Circa: 1896
Dimensions: 81.25" height, 30.25" width (sheet size)
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: "Mucha"
Literature: Pictured in Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, G.K. Hall & Co., Publishers, Boston, pages 107-109, cat. 20.

The poster was prepared for a new production of the old play, adapted from the original by Armand d'Artois, and presented on December 3, 1896 at the Theatre de la Renaissance.