Esther chosen by Assuerus

Esther chosen by Assuerus - Filippino Lippi © RMN
Circa 1478-1480, oil on wood - Filippino Lippi - (Florence, 1459-Florence, 1504)

This panel, along with five others, located today in Ottawa, Florence, Rome and Paris (Louvre museum), belonged to a series of two "cassoni" (or wedding chests of the Florentine Renaissance) that illustrated the story of Esther. The panel represents three scenes, with a theatrical architecture structure. At the far left, during a feast, Assuerus requests the presence of Queen Vasthi; to the right the banquet of Vasthi; in the foreground, young girls parade in front of the king who chooses Esther. Assuerus symbolizes the Christ marrying the Church, represented by Esther. The subject is perfectly adapted to a wedding trunk. Filippino Lippi, in his youth, worked with Botticelli.

Esther chosen by Assuerus - Filippino Lippi © RMN