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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
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 113,5 cm
Height : 95,5 cm
Makers Painter: Pier Francesco Mola
Accession number 2902 (OK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: Vitale Bloch 1976
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 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 ..