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The heroine of the Purim story, Queen Esther, has served as the muse to many artists throughout history. She is the symbol of an ideal woman—both physically and morally—making her a perfect character upon which artists can project whichever paradigm of female virtue and beauty suits their particular agenda and art movement—Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite and even surrealist expressionism (thanks, Dalí!). Here are seven of my favorite artist representations of Esther and her story. Please note that these images have been selected for composition, technical execution and comedic value. “Queen Esther”, Edwin Long, 1878 EDWIN LONG, 1878 “Queen Esther” by Edwin Long(Artist: Edwin Long) Edwin Long was a Victorian English genre painter of allegorical, portrait and history subjects. Here, we see how well he captured the essence of Esther’s eloquent Resting Bitch Face. Her expression clearly reflects her inner turmoil surrounding both her precarious position in King Ahasuerus’ harem, and also her thoughts about how problematic it is that she now has one servant whose entire job is holding a scarf, and another who only does bracelet wrangling. “Esther” HERMANN ANSCHUTZ, 19TH CENTURY “Queen Esther” by Edwin Long(Artist: Edwin Long) German Hermann Anschutz of the Düsseldorf school of painting perplexingly illustrates Esther as a woman who has decided to wear every single article of clothing she owns rather than check another bag on her flight to Persia. [related-articles] “Esther Crowned by Ahasuerus” PAOLO VERONESE, 1555 “Queen Esther” by Edwin Long(Artist: Edwin Long) Ah, Dalí. Always bringin’ his best eccentric game. In this lithograph from a gouache original, we see Ahasuerus (or Assuerus, in Dalí’s spelling) with his mind both literally and figuratively filled with an obsessive vision of Esther. She’s a hostage in his skull as well as his harem! #metaphors #feminism #timesup. I would not want this claustrophobic painting hanging on my wall, but I do appreciate this visual commentary on Ahasuerus’ fragile masculinity. On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her. And the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. (Esther 8:1-2 ) You might be wondering at this weird vantage point—but there’s a reason for that! It was painted on a ceiling, with the intent of creating the illusion of space beyond the room. This isn’t anyone’s best angle, akin to accidentally opening the front-facing camera during a selfie gone awry, but I do give credit where credit is due: The prominent figure of a cute dog manages to steal the focus from both Esther’s coronation and from Haman’s rather fierce Angelina Jolie Leg Pose in the lower right corner of the painting. You might be wondering at this weird vantage point—but there’s a reason for that! It was painted on a ceiling, with the intent of creating the illusion of space beyond the room. You might be wondering at this weird vantage point—but there’s a reason for that! It was painted on a ceiling, with the intent of creating the illusion of space beyond the room. This isn’t anyone’s best angle, akin to accidentally opening the front-facing camera during a selfie gone awry, but I do give credit where credit is due: The prominent figure of a cute dog manages to steal the focus from both Esther’s coronation and from Haman’s rather fierce Angelina Jolie Leg Pose in the lower right corner of the painting. “Esther Denouncing Haman” ERNEST NORMAND, 1888 “Queen Esther” by Edwin Long(Artist: Edwin Long) Ah, Dalí. Always bringin’ his best eccentric game. In this lithograph from a gouache original, we see Ahasuerus (or Assuerus, in Dalí’s spelling) with his mind both literally and figuratively filled with an obsessive vision of Esther. She’s a hostage in his skull as well as his harem! #metaphors #feminism #timesup. I would not want this claustrophobic painting hanging on my wall, but I do appreciate this visual commentary on Ahasuerus’ fragile masculinity.
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11/26/2019  

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