European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Esther before AhasuerusMade in Rome, Italy, Europe
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, Italian, 1708 - 1787
Oil on canvas
|Purchased with funds contributed by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in honor of their 100th anniversary, 1982|
LabelThe biblical Book of Esther tells the story of a beautiful Jewish woman who intervenes with her husband, Ahasuerus, king of the Medes and Persians, to save the Jewish people from destruction. Esther defies a royal order that made it a capital offense to enter the throne room unsummoned and confronts her husband. First stunned, and then overwhelmed by her beauty and heroism, the king forgives her by lowering his scepter.
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