Couple of Oil on Canvas

Esther and Ahasuerus is an original artwork realized by an anonymous Italian painter from the area between Lazio and Tuscany in the second half of the XVII century. The work includes a couple of paintings: the other represents a Triumph of David. Frame included. 

Provenance: Important collection from Livorno (Italy).

Fair conditions: nineteenth-century restoration with sackcloth. Oxidized restoration points, some recent restoration areas on both canvases.

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Esther and Ahasuerus is an original artwork realized by an anonymous Italian painter from the area between Lazio and Tuscany in the second half of the XVII century. The work includes a couple of paintings: the other represents a Triumph of David. Frame included. 

Provenance: Important collection from Livorno (Italy).

Fair conditions: nineteenth-century restoration with sackcloth. Oxidized restoration points, some recent restoration areas on both canvases.

One artwork represents Esther on the right and king Ahasuerus on the left. The theme of the encounter between Esther, a Jewish heroine, and Ahasuerus, the powerful king of Persia, had already been painted by Tintoretto, Veronese, and the Venetian artists of the XVI and the XVII centuries. An important work representing the same scene and now preserved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York was depicted by Artemisia Gentileschi in 1630. The story of Esther is well-known: she goes to the King Ahasuerus to beg him to offer a banquet in which she can unmask the plot that the prime minister of the kingdom has plotted to eliminate the people of Israel; indeed, it refers to the Jewish celebration of "Purim". According to the story, in the presence of the king, the beautiful young woman fainted. Esther, with the pallor in the face of someone who is fainting, is supported by two maids, while Ahasuerus - in elegant clothes, is worried about her.

The second artwork represents the Triumph of David: the scene is very dark; the young David is grabbing the huge head of Goliath on the left of the work. The story of David and Goliath is well-known: David fights against Goliath and, thanks to his intelligence, manages to kill him.

More Information
Artist Anonymous XVII Cent.
Typology Original Paintings
Technique Oil on Canvas
Year XVII century
Dimensions (cm) 140 x 173
Subject Religion

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