JANSSENS, Hieronymus
(b. 1624, Antwerpen, d. 1693, Antwerpen)

The Prodigal Son

Oil on canvas, 68 x 61 cm
Private collection

In contrast to the many seventeenth-century representations of the prodigal son returning to his father's house to seek redemption for his sins, Hieronymus Janssens depicts him dining with a music-making party. Here we are offered a glimpse of his lavish lifestyle before falling into penury.

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