Return of the prodigal son

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Return of the prodigal son. Engraving by Abraham Bosse, 1633. This print is one in a series telling the story of the prodigal son. This is the last print, in which the fatted calf is prepared in the back right of the representation and the inscription ends on the note that having resumed his responsibilites, the son becomes lord of the poor, which he had recently been The biblical parable is given a contemporary setting, where the prodigal son is represented as a seventeenth century French hero. His home is sumptuous, and great care has been taken in the rest of the family entourage, dressed in the latest fashions. Created 1635. Contributors: Abraham Bosse (1602–1676). Work ID: s7t8aa34.

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