• Old Master Prints auction at Christies

    Sale 7781

    Old Master Prints

    8 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Triumph of Mordecai (B., Holl. 40; H. 172)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Triumph of Mordecai (B., Holl. 40; H. 172)
    etching with drypoint, circa 1641, without watermark, a very good impression, printing with considerable burr, with 4-5 mm. margins, a small repaired hole below the standing boy's chin at right, a few small brown stains on Mordechai's abdomen, a few pinpoint foxmarks and a tiny rust mark, otherwise in good condition
    P. 174 x 214 mm., S. 183 x 214 mm.


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    The Old Testament book of Esther, from which the present scene is drawn, was a particular source of inspiration for Dutch artists of the period. Esther, a Jewish orphan, raised by her cousin Mordecai, married King Ahasuerus, who was unaware of her origins. Haman, the King's chief minister, who was an enemy of the Jews and personal foe of Mordecai persuaded the King to order the massacre of the Jews throughout his empire. After Esther intercedes, the King relents and orders Haman's execution on the gallows prepared for Mordecai.

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