Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Haman Prepares to Honour Mordecai

oil on canvas (127 × 116 cm) — ca. 1665 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Esther 6:8

Also known as Haman recognizes his fate. Haman is the vizier, the most important adviser, of the Persian king Ahasuerus. The king has ordered him to organize a parade to honour the Jew Mordecai. Mordecai had reported a murder plot to the king.

Rembrandt shows the reluctance Haman feels regarding this assignment. He had expected that he himself would be honoured. Moreover, he holds a grudge against Mordecai as Mordecai is the only one who refuses to bow in front of him.

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