Early 17th Century Carved Oak Panel depicting ‘The Departure of the Prodigal Son’
Early 17th Century Carved Oak Panel depicting ‘The Departure of the Prodigal Son’

Early 17th Century Carved Oak Panel depicting ‘The Departure of the Prodigal Son’

c. 1620 Flanders

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Depicting the Prodigal Son about to leave. Presumably formerly incorporated in a piece of furniture.

The Prodigal Son: The story of the ‘Prodigal Son’ is one of Jesus’ New Testament parables, appearing in the Bible in Luke 15: 11-32, designed to teach the virtues of repentance and forgiveness. A father agrees to divide his estate equally between his two sons, and the younger requests his share immediately. He leaves home and squanders his share, whilst the elder continues to work diligently at home with his parents. Having lost all his money, the younger son takes work as a swineherd, looking after a farmer's pigs. He is filled with repentance and returns home to his father, to ask for his forgiveness. His father welcomes him back and kills a fattened calf for a celebratory feast, much to the elder brother’s dismay. The father explains to his elder son that he should celebrate his brother’s return and forgive him as he had, in a sense, returned from the dead – he had been lost and was now found. The parable became a popular narrative cycle in art from the Middle Ages onwards. The scene depicting in this carved panel is ‘The Departure of the Prodigal Son’: the younger son, dressed in his finery, raises his hat and grandly bids farewell to his parents, while his brother holds his horse steady.
Dimensions
Height 35.50 cm (13.98 inches)
Width 26.50 cm (10.43 inches)
Stock Code
6230
Medium
Carved oak.
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