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The Prodigal Son amid the Swine

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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.

Marks

watermark: Imperial orb

Provenance

Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092), J. Spencer (Lugt 1532); E. J. Holmes; F. Carrington; purchased by the MFA January 1, 1932

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

probably 1496

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (intaglio) 028; Meder 28a

Dimensions

Platemark: 24.8 x 19.0 cm (9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

32.537

Medium or Technique

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