According to the biblical parable, the Prodigal Son was reduced to dining with pigs in a farmyard after squandering his money. The closely observed swine and the rustic setting inspired the depiction of similarly naturalistic subjects by later artists.
watermark: Imperial orb
Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092), J. Spencer (Lugt 1532); E. J. Holmes; F. Carrington; purchased by the MFA January 1, 1932
Seth K. Sweetser Fund