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The Repudiation of Vashti

Author: Paolo Caliari known as Veronese
Century: XVI°
DATE: 1556  POSITION: sacristy ceiling (on map n°1) METHOD: oil painting

Between 1st December 1555 and the 31st October 1556, Paolo Veronese executes the three grand masterpieces on the nave ceiling from the biblical book of Esther, the Jewish heroine, that during her exile saved her people from Persian King Assuero's rage and from Minister Aman's conspiracies.

In the large painting the queen, guilty for not appearing upon the king's request, was deprived of her crown and obligated to descend the steps of a secondary staircase, accompanied by the child-like figure of ignorance who has a grotesque and prideful expression.
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