COSSIERS, Jan
(b. 1600, Antwerpen, d. 1671, Antwerpen)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

1630s
Oil on canvas, 128 x 212 cm
Private collection

Cossiers painted this picture after his return from Rome to the north, when he seems initially to have made a speciality of genre scenes of this type, perhaps inspired by Caravaggesque low-life subjects he had seen in Italy or their northern counterparts.