Author Archives: The Feast of Esther

The Feast of Esther was painted about 1625 by Dutch painter Jan Lievens. The subject of this painting comes from the Old Testament Book of Esther. Ahasuerus (Xerxes), king of the Persians, took Esther as his queen, not knowing she was a Jew. Haman, the king’s evil minister, plotted to annihilate the Jews by issuing a decree of execution in the king’s name. Esther invited both men to a banquet in order to reveal Haman’s plot to Ahasuerus and to plead for the life of her people. The king’s anger is seen in his clenched fists; soon, Haman would meet his fate on the gallows. Although this picture was long attributed to Rembrandt, its scale, bold colors, and dramatic energy have much in common with others painted by Lievens at a time when he may have shared a studio with Rembrandt in Leiden. (Feast of Esther is given voice on the blog by Tiara Paris.)

Follow Our Journey: The Feast Family Reunion

The Feast of Esther travels the globe with old friends and family and lives to tell the tale.

Follow Our Journey: The Feast of Esther is Homesick

A key work from our collection of Dutch paintings speaks out about its journey of a lifetime.