Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Prodigal Son among the Pigs

pen drawing (16 × 23 cm) — ca. 1645 - 48 Museum British Museum, London

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Luke 15:17

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After wasting all his money, the son struggles to make a living in a land struck by famine. Among the pigs the son repents. Why be stubborn and stay and starve, while his father's servants are well-off?

It is possible that Rembrandt took his inspiration from one of Dürer's etchings.

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