The background image is a version, slightly recoloured and cropped, of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Esther before Ahasuerus. Gentileschi was the first female painter to become a member of the Florentine Academy of the Arts. She specialised in illustrating stories of strong Biblical women, most famously in her image of Judith beheading Holofernes.

A painting of a Biblical scene is an interpretation of the Bible and, if done well, can teach; Gentileschi’s paintings teach of the strong female leaders found in Scripture. Choosing one of them seemed an appropriate background for this website.

The photographic reproduction of the image used is taken from wikicommons, where it is asserted to be in the public domain.