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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.
Dresden, Germany, Holland, Style: Dutch Baroque Era, School: Baroque, Movement: Baroque, Dutch, Painting;, Painting
Style: Dutch Baroque Era; School: Baroque; Movement: Baroque; Dutch; Painting;
Dresden, Germany; Holland
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Unknown, "Esther and Mordecai (detail)" (2022). Art and Art History Collection (Saskia). 2464.