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The biblical theme of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) was often depicted in the 17th century, but seems to have been in particular demand in Rome in the period years 1645 - 1650. The brilliant engraver Pietro Testo, who worked together with Mola, published four moments from his parable in this period. One of these prints depicts the moment in when the son sees the errors of his ways, which is also show on this painting.
|Title||The Prodigal Son|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width : 113,5 cm
Height : 95,5 cm
Painter: Pier Francesco Mola
|Accession number||2902 (OK)|
|Credits||Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: Vitale Bloch 1976|
|Age maker||Between 38 and 48 years old|
|Collector||Collector / Vitale Bloch|
|Exhibitions|| The Collection Enriched (2011)
|Material||Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique|
|Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Geographical origin||Italy > Southern Europe > Europe|
All about the maker
Pier Francesco Mola
Coldrerio 1612 - Rome 1666
Pier Francecso Mola was born in Coldrerio, present-day Ticino in Switzerland. When he was four years old he moved with his father to Rome, where he would spend ..