Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Return of the Prodigal Son

Return of the Prodigal Son
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Author: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Painting, Oil on canvas, 262x205 cm
Origin: Holland, Circa 1668

In the Gospel According to Luke , Christ relates the parable of the prodigal son. A son asks his father for his inheritance and leaves the parental home, only to fritter away all his wealth. Arriving at last at sickness and poverty, he returns to his father's house. The old man is blinded by tears as he forgives his son, just as God forgives all those who repent.

This whole work is dominated by the idea of the victory of love, goodness and charity. The event is treated as the highest act of human wisdom and spiritual nobility, and it takes place in absolute silence and stillness. Drama and depth of feeling are expressed in the figures of both father and son, with all the emotional precision with which Rembrandt was endowed. The broad, sketchy brushstrokes of the artist's late style accentuate the emotion and intensity of this masterly painting.

Personage: The Prodigal Son
Source of entry: Collection of Duke d'Ancezune, Paris, 1766
Theme: The Bible and Christianity
Exibition: Dutch art: 17th century

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