Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633

Mordecai's Triumph

oil on panel (52 × 72 cm) — 1617 Museum Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

Pieter Lastman biography

This work is linked to Esther 6:11

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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.

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