DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

The Prodigal Son

c. 1496
Engraving, 261 x 202 mm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

In the Engraving of The Prodigal Son, Dürer deviated considerably from earlier depictions of the theme. Here, the scene is placed in the midst of a Franconian farm and shows the prodigal son at the moment of his repentance, kneeling in prayer on a pile of manure in the foreground amongst the swine. The naturalism of the picture was widely admired and contributed to the fame of the engraving.