Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mordecai's Triumph


Mordecai's Triumph
Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633
oil on panel (52 × 72 cm) — 1617
Esther 6:11 - Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
Haman leads his enemy through town. Mordecai was honoured because he had prevented the murder of the king.

Lastman must have had a good look at the etching by Lucas van Leyden on the same subject.

The building in the background is quite remarkable. It represents the temple in Jerusalem. But the story happened during the Babylonian exile, at the court of the Persian king, not in Jerusalem. The temple in Jerusalem had just been destroyed.
>>>> Esther

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