Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin), Esther before Ahasuerus, 1548. Oil on canvas, Royal Collection Trust, United Kingdom.
This large oil painting by the Italian artist Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto (1518–94), depicts a scene drawn from the biblical book of Esther. The scene shows Queen Esther being taken into the palace by the Persian king Ahaseuerus to become his wife. The dramatic color and light Tintoretto used in this painting is typical of the Venetian school. Tintoretto used clay figures and live models, and he often worked at night, when he had more control over the position and angle of light sources. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures, and bold use of perspective in the mannerist style. To get a better grasp of human anatomy he often studied corpses and dissected body parts