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Sebastiano Ricci: 'Esther before Ahasuerus'

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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.

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