The Banquet of Ahasuerus

Giuseppe Varotti (Italian, 1715-1780)

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Giuseppe Varotti's distinctive Neo-Mannerist style is characterized by elegant figures whose supple forms are suggestively modeled by shimmering effects of light and shadow. His work is further distinguished by its exceptionally fluent and expressive technique.

The story of the banquet of Ahasuerus is taken from the biblical Book of Esther. Monti depicts Esther's dramatic revelation of Haman's plot to massacre the Jews of Persia to King Ahasuerus.

Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do such a thing as this?-Esther, 7:5-6.

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Object Information

Giuseppe Varotti (Italian, 1715-1780)
oil on copper
20-1/2 x 15 in.
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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