Esther before Ahasuerus

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1659 - 1734
Full title
Esther before Ahasuerus
Date made
probably 1730-4
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
47 x 33 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Inventory number
Location in Gallery