Esther. Detail of Assuerus, Haman and Esther – (Rembrandt Van Rijn) Previous Next


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Style: Dutch Golden Age

Topic: Women

Technique: Oil

The painting Ahasveros and Haman at the Feast of Esther is one of the few works of Rembrandt van Rijn whose complete provenance is known. The origin of the painting can be traced back to 1662, two years after its completion. The subject is an episode from chapters 5-7 of the book of Esther in the Old Testament. Haman, counciller to the king Ahasuerus, proposed to hang Mordechai for not paying him respect by standing as he entered the room or by greeting him, and the entire Jewish nation as revenge for their pride. The painting is rather dark, because of the varnish that was once used. It is housed in the Pushkin Museum.

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Rembrandt Van Rijn

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