The Prodigal Son amid the Swine

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

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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.

Markings

watermark: Imperial orb

Provenance

Peter Lely (b. 1618 - d. 1680; L. 2092), London. John Spencer (b. 1708 - d. 1746; L. 1532), Althorp; by descent within the collection of the Earls of Spencer, Althorp; June 25, 1919, Althorp sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, lot 43. By 1932, FitzRoy Carrington (b. 1869 - d. 1954), Niantic, CT: 1932, sold by FitzRoy Carrington to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1932)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund