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One of Rembrandt's most famous works is his painting The Return of the Prodigal Son. But this is far from his only picture with such a plot. Long before writing this picture, he wrote the famous self-portrait “The Prodigal Son in the Tavern”. Where in the role of the “prodigal son" the artist portrays himself, and the girl sitting on his lap - his wife. The artist portrayed himself with a sword dressed in a camisole.
We see in his right hand a crystal glass in which sweet wine sparkles. His face is portrayed as carefree, cheerful with a slight grin. With his left hand, he gently hugs Saxia at the waist, who seemed to turn for a moment to give others a look.
The picture is a vivid embodiment of the biblical plot on canvas. The role of the prodigal son is Rembrandt himself. According to the plot of the story, this is the youngest son who, thanks to his extravagance, lost his estate, led a dissolute lifestyle, without thinking about his actions and not regretting them. Saxia in this picture is depicted as a harlot dressed in a chic dress. Paying attention to the background of the picture, you can see the peacock on a platter. Thus, the author in his painting portrayed a symbol of vanity.
Thus, the picture bears a religious character, thanks to some details, artistically conveyed by the artist. The original painting is in the Dresden Gallery of Old Masters, painted in oil on canvas. Exactly 31 years later, Rembrandt completed this storyline with an outstanding picture, which created a furor for the whole world, “The Return of the Prodigal Son”. The last picture is the embodiment on canvas of the famous parable of the prodigal son, without knowing its plot, it is quite difficult for the viewer to fully understand the artist’s creation.
Composition By Picture Birch Grove Levitan