Ahasverus, Haman and Esther, Rembrandt

Episode from chapters 5-7 of the Book of Esther.

According to the Pushkin Museum this is one of the best creations of Rembrandt’s late period.

The dramatic conflict between the three persons is expressed through their restrained but eloquent gestures. The scene has a tense atmosphere of suspense. The figure of Esther is radiant, her robe with a long train is gleaming as if with precious stones. Haman is immersed in the shadows. Rembrandt achieves great depth in rendering the inner life, the spiritual energy of his characters.