"Esther Before The King Of Persia Ahasuerus, Charles-antoine Coypel (paris 1694 - 1752) Workshop Of"French school of the mid-18th century
Workshop of Charles-Antoine Coypel (Paris 1694 - Paris 1752)
Esther in front of the king of Persia Ahasuerus
oil on the table, 47 x 60 cm, Framed cm. 71 x 81
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'' ... Then Esther spoke again in the presence of the king, threw himself at his feet and pleaded with tears in his eyes to prevent Aman's evil plot, and the implementation of the plans he had devised against the Jews '' "
(New Testament, Book of Esther 8: 3)
The painting treats, with extraordinary formal elegance and great scenographic impact, the biblical theme of Esther, a young Jewish slave, known for her beauty and chosen by King Ahasuerus of Persia, as her new queen. When Aman, a powerful prime minister in the court, published a decree that would have seen the killing of all the Jews with the plundering of their possessions, Esther decided to risk her life and present herself before the king without convocation, an offense punished with death, to save his people.
The canvas depicts the moment when the young woman, royally dressed and accompanied by two maidservants, goes to the king's side to implore the salvation of her people. As soon as Ahasuerus, seated on the royal throne with all the majestic ornaments of gold and precious stones, raises the scepter to allow her to speak, Ester feels she is missing and rests her head on the shoulder of one of her handmaids. Here then is that, through the intercession of the Lord, the king, with a tenderness, takes her in his arms and consents to his request.
Without ever neglecting the search for compositional elegance, the artist creates an imposing royal setting full of sumptuous details to act as a backdrop for the protagonists of the story, so as to give the composition an exquisite scenographic character, of evident Flemish reminiscence.
The painting is to be attributed to the workshop of the painter Charles-Antoine Coypel, painter and heir of a great dynasty of painters known for their mythological and historical-religious compositions. Painters were also grandfather Noël, father Antoine and uncle Noël-Nicolas, with whom he often collaborated within the same shop. This same subject was produced in different versions by their workshop, both by Antoine and by Charles-Antoine Coypel himself.
After the death of his father Antoine he succeeded him in the title of "First painter of the king", receiving numerous assignments for paintings in the palace of Versailles, and often working for Madame de Maintenon. He was an excellent tapestry designer, creating many, including for the famous Gobelins manufacture.
The table is in excellent condition, the pictorial layer is very healthy with a particularly varied and bright color scheme.
The work is accompanied by an elegant gold frame.
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Painting accompanied by certificate of photographic authenticity according to the law (FIMA - CINOA)