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ID number:  BIRBI-64.7/1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Galle, Philip (1537-1612)
Title / Object name:  The story of the Prodigal Son - The prodigal son leaving his father’s house
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Netherlands
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1562
Materials:  Engraving
Provenance:  Series purchased from Craddock & Barnard, November 1964, for £40

This is the first in a series of six engravings based on the story of the Prodigal Son from the New Testament (Luke 15). It tells a moral tale of adolescent rebellion in which the son is shown leaving home against his father’s wishes; his energetic horse reflecting his rider’s eagerness for freedom and adventure. This print reproduces a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck; his attention to anatomical detail is drawn from classical sculpture.

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