This painting depicts Queen Esther as the very model of a regal and dignified beauty. This was painted by Andrea del Castagno (1423-1457) in a loggia at the Villa Carducci Pandalfini, Italy.
Queen Esther was a very courageous woman and her story is in the book of Esther in the Old Testament. You can learn even more about her at Shekinah - A Woman of Valor, which is my web site. If you want to learn more about the annual celebration, please visit Purim and enjoy. Purim is one of the most joyous and fun Jewish holidays. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people were living in Persia. Queen Esther saved her people from extermination.
This year Purim is celebrated on February 28, 2010.