Esther faints before the fierceness of Ahasuerus. Engraving by J. Frey after D. Zampieri, il Domenichino, ca. 1628.
- Domenichino, 1581-1641
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Bible. Apocrypha. The rest of Esther 15.7. O.T. Proverbs 21.1. Esther faints due to fear before the fierceness of the king, which is thereupon changed to mildness by God. The marriage of the Jewish Esther to the Persian Ahasuerus had prompted plans for an anti-semitic purge by the king's vizier, Haman
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