The Prodigal Son in the Tavern

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The Prodigal Son in the Brothel
Rembrandt - Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son - Google Art Project.jpg
Artist Rembrandt
Year c. 1637
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 161 cm × 131 cm (63 in × 52 in)
Location Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

The Prodigal Son in the Brothel is a painting by the Dutch master Rembrandt. It is housed in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of Dresden, Germany. It is signed "REMBRANDT F.".

It portrays two people who had been identified as Rembrandt himself and his wife Saskia. In the Protestant contemporary world, the theme of the prodigal son was a frequent subject for works of art due to its moral background. Rembrandt himself painted a Return of the Prodigal Son in 1669.

The left side of the canvas was cut, perhaps by the artist himself, to remove secondary characters and focus the observer's attention on the main theme.


  • D'Adda, Roberta (2006). Rembrandt. Milan: Skira.