Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Close
Ahasuerus and Haman

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

How you can use this image

 

This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND).

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.

Download

Notes

Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

King Ahasuerus (as known as Xerxes) listens to the evil promptings of his first minister Haman. According to the biblical story, Haman plotted a massacre of the Jews in the Persian Empire. Here, he seeks to poison the king’s mind against them. de Gelder painted many scenes from the story which culminates with Esther, the king’s Jewish wife, revealing the plot against her people. The artist was Rembrandt’s last pupil, studying in his studio from 1661 to 1663.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

1680–1684

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 138.5 x W 116.8 cm

Accession number

47.3

Acquisition method

purchased, 1947

Work type

Painting


Normally on display at

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue