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Parable of the Prodigal Son in painting

one of the parables that Jesus shared with his disciples on the subject of repentance and forgiveness
a 2,000-year-old story so compelling that artists keep returning to it again and again

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Parable of the Prodigal Son in painting

  1. 1. one of the parables that Jesus shared with his disciples on the subject of repentance and forgiveness a 2,000-year-old story so compelling that artists keep returning to it again and again
  2. 2. Parable of the Prodigal Son in painting
  3. 3. the Prodigal Son begins with a very familiar situation ...
  4. 4. The Story Begins “… A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.” Luke 15:11
  5. 5. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo The Prodigal Son receiving his Inheritance. Le Fils Prodigue reçoit son héritage 1660-1665 Museo del Prado, Madrid the young man receiving his part of the inheritance … the prodigal son's brother and sister observe their brother's acts sadly their contained expressions contrast with the energy of the young man putting the money in the bag
  6. 6. The Departure of The Prodigal Son “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country …” Luke 15: 11-13
  7. 7. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo The Prodigal Son taking leave of his Home. Le départ du fils prodigue. 1660-1665 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid the well-dressed prodigal waves a feathered hat to his parents and siblings the inclusion of the mother and sister, not mencioned in the biblical narrative, adds to the emotion of the scene
  8. 8. James Tissot Departure of the prodigal son. Le départ de l'enfant prodigue. 1863 Petit Palais, Paris the Departure in a decoration and costumes to the Carpaccio ... the prodigal son, kisses his mother's hand while his father blesses him ... a barque is waiting to take him to the boat .... boat at quay and full of prostitutes the monkey that clings to the pilaster might well symbolize the devil who looks the empty bottle that floats, the vanity of distant parties
  9. 9. The Prodigal Son in a Far Country “… and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” Luke 15: 11-13
  10. 10. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn The Prodigal Son in the Brothel or The Prodigal Son in the Tavern or Rembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the prodigal son. Le Couple heureux ou Le Fils prodigue à la taverne, ou Homme dilapidant son heritage. 1635 Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden Rembrandt and an ironic and reflective gaze at his life ... the artist and his beloved wife into the parable: Saskia sits on the lap of a foppishly dressed Rembrandt, who gaily holds up a flagon of ale as he twists to offer a silly grin out of the picture
  11. 11. Frans Francken II The Prodigal Son with the Courtesans. Le fils prodigue avec les courtisanes. - Private collection in the midst of prostitutes feasting and dissipating his patrimony … (...an opportunity to paint drunkenness and girls)
  12. 12. Frans Pourbus the Elder, Frans Pourbus l'Ancien The Prodigal Son Among Courtesans. Fils prodigue parmi les courtisanes. Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp a merry company ... the prodigal son among the courtesans the fashionable clothing, such as high hats, puffy pants and ruffled collars a black page and a jester
  13. 13. The Prodigal Son Hits an All-time Low “And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.” Luke 15:14-16 The Prodigal Son Comes to His Senses “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” Luke 15:17-19
  14. 14. John Macallan Swan The Prodigal son. Le fils prodigue. 1888 Tate Britain, London the despair ... what a far cry this is from the proud, noble, well-dressed son of Murillo’s painting! or the pleasure-seeking reveler of Rembrandt’s! where can the prodigal turn to now?
  15. 15. The Prodigal Son Returns “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:20-24
  16. 16. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn The Return of the Prodigal Son. Le Retour du fils prodigue. 1668 The Hermitage, St. Petersburg a solemn calm ... the son ruined and repellent, with his bald head and the appearance of an outcast the father dressed in rich garments receives the long-lost son with the utmost fatherly love the astonished witnesses look on in silence
  17. 17. Pompeo Batoni The Return of the Prodigal Son. Le Retour du Fils Prodigue. 1773 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna from the shadows emerges the father, almost royal in his crimson velvet cloak and closed by a jewel set with a red precious stone the richness of his clothing contrasts with the nudity of the repentant son, kneeling, his eyes lowered, his hands in prayer, he implores and seems to cry for the gravity of the faults committed … what dignity in this work !!!
  18. 18. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo The Return of the Prodigal Son. Le Retour du Fils Prodigue. 1667-1670 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC a faithful interpretation of the biblical text ... an allegory of repentance and divine forgiveness ... the penitent son welcomed home by his forgiving father the rich garments and ring signify the errant son's restoration to his former position in the family the fatted calf being led to the slaughter for the celebratory banquet
  19. 19. Guercino, Le Guerchin Return of the Prodigal Son. Le retour du fils prodigue. 1619 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna the dynamics of the outstretched and grasping hands ... the son is removing the rags of the swineherd, the father places a hand on his shoulder and takes a clean shirt from the other, foppishly dressed young man who is holding new clothes over his outstretched arm and new shoes in his hand
  20. 20. Giorgio de Chirico The Prodigal Son. Le retour de l'enfant prodigue. 1922 Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan a dark sky contrasts against the figures of a man in an coat and a mannequin ...... the father figure embraces the mannequin, yet the 'son' remains firm and unyielding to his father's affection there is no warmth in father-son embrace, only a melting shadow of life the outcome of the biblical version of The Prodigal Son is not repeated in the painting, the son does not return home to his father's home and forgiveness ...
  21. 21. olga_oes Parable of the Prodigal Son in painting La parabole du fils prodigue dans la peinture images and text credit www. Music The Piano Guys Story of My Life (One Direction - PianoCello Cover) created olga.e. thanks for watching

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