Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1668)

oil on canvas (262 × 206 cm) — 1668-69 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Luke 15:21

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After having wasted all the money he has inherited, the youngest son returns to his father. The latter receives him full of grace. The surrounding figures watch respectfully as the father forgives his prodigal son.

There is some doubt whether Rembrandt made this painting all by himself. He may have been helped by students in his workshop.

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