Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Esther and Mordecai (detail)

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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

Esther and Mordecai, is one of de Gelder's most valuable and characteristic works. The Old Testament book of Esther is summarized here into a single dramatic moment, the internal tension being conveyed through the structure of the composition and through the gestures. The painting depicts the scene of the Biblical story when Mordecai, foster-father of Esther persuades the Queen to induce her husband to save the Jewish people. De Gelder painted several versions of this subject differing in various degrees; the version now in the Providence Museum of Art, Rhode Island, also depicting half-length figures, is particularly close to the painting in Budapest.

Keywords

Dresden, Germany, Holland, Style: Dutch Baroque Era, School: Baroque, Movement: Baroque, Dutch, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: Dutch Baroque Era; School: Baroque; Movement: Baroque; Dutch; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Dresden, Germany; Holland

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-MHF1221

Esther and Mordecai (detail)

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