JACOPO del SELLAIO
(b. ca. 1441, Firenze, d. 1493, Firenze)

Esther before Ahasuerus

1470s
Tempera on panel, 45 x 43 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Originally this painting was for the short side of a wedding chest (cassone). The scene for the Old Testament event is an area of a palace open toward the courtyard. The rear of the courtyard is closed off by a building having an open staircase, two blind arcades and an open one. Through the open arcade and above the terrace, located above the arcade, we can see the open sky.