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
Yearc. 1637
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions161 cm × 131 cm (63 in × 52 in)
LocationGemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

The Prodigal Son in the Brothel or The Prodigal Son in the Tavern or Rembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the prodigal son (German: Rembrandt und Saskia im Gleichnis vom verlorenen Sohn)[1] is a painting by the Dutch master Rembrandt. It is now 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[2] 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.[3]


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

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Rembrandt und Saskia im Gleichnis vom verlorenen Sohn". SKD Online Collection. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  2. ^ Kühn, Hermann. ‘Untersuchungen zu den Pigmenten und Malgründen Rembrandts, durchgeführt an den Gemälden der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden’, Maltechnik/Restauro, issue 4 (1977): 223-233
  3. ^ Rembrandt, Self-Portrait with Saskia (The Prodigal Son), ColourLex