Religious Old Testament The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son, c. 1720–30

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The Putnam Dana McMillan Fundexpand_more  71.23

As painter at the papal court, Ghezzi specialized in religious themes, decorative frescoes, landscapes, and theatrical displays. His talents in all these genres are on view in this painting of the New Testament parable of the prodigal son. The celebration of the errant son’s return home has begun. Instead of dwelling on the story’s moral of repentance and forgiveness, Ghezzi has created a festive genre scene, combining rich colors, warm tonalities, and theatrical lighting with the airy, fresh colors of the landscape and the musicians.

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Ghezzi, Return of the Prodigal Son (#733)
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Title
The Prodigal Son
Artist Life
(Rome), 1674–1755
Role
Artist
Accession Number
71.23
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Religious Old Testament The Prodigal Son