The Prodigal Son in the Brothel

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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
Medium 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.

Painting materials[edit]

The pigment analysis[1] shows Rembrandt's choice of the usual baroque pigments such as red ochre, lead-tin-yellow, madder lake and smalt and also his elaborate multilayer painting technique.[2]


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

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kühn, Hermann. ‘Untersuchungen zu den Pigmenten und Malgründen Rembrandts, durchgeführt an den Gemälden der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden’, Maltechnik/Restauro, issue 4 (1977): 223-233
  2. ^ Rembrandt, Self-Portrait with Saskia (The Prodigal Son), ColourLex