The Story of Esther

Marco del Buono Giamberti Italian
and Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso Italian

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Esther, the Jewish queen of the Persian ruler Ahasuerus (Xerxes), provided a template of courage and virtue by saving her countrymen from a plot to kill them. On this front of a chest (cassone) her marriage feast is depicted as though taking place in fifteenth-century Florence. The princes of the land arrive with Ahasuerus, who is also shown beneath the portico marrying Esther and then again saluting her at table. The buildings relate closely to contemporary Florentine architecture. The workshop that produced this panel about 1460–70 was the most prestigious of its kind in the city.

The Story of Esther, Marco del Buono Giamberti (Italian, Florence 1402–1489 Florence), Tempera and gold on wood

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