Esther, the Jewish Queen of King Ahasuerus, speaks to the King to save her people from persecution. Ahasuerus holds out to Esther his golden sceptre, a sign that she may speak. The figure at the far right is perhaps intended for Haman, the enemy of the Jews. (Esther 5: 1-2).
This is probably the picture recorded in the 18th century in an engraving by Pietro Monaco as belonging to Anton Maria Zanetti, the Venetian engraver and connoisseur.
1659 - 1734
Esther before Ahasuerus
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
47 x 33 cm
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Location in Gallery