Esther faints before King Ahasuerus. Engraving, by R. Strange, 1767, after R. Strange, 1762, after G.F. Barbieri, il Guercino.
- Guercino, 1591-1666.
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Bible. Apocrypha. The rest of Esther 15.7. Esther faints from fear of King Ahasuerus, whose mood is thereupon changed by God into a "spirit of ... mildness" (Apocrypha. Esther. 15.8). The marriage of the Jewish Esther to the Persian Ahasuerus prompted plans for an anti-semitic purge by the king's vizier, Haman
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