The Prodigal Son in the Brothel (Self Portrait with Saskia)1637 by Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn painted over 40 self portraits over the course of his artistic career and he was obsessed with aging image of himself....

Rembrandt’s 1637 painting The Prodigal Son in the Brothel portrays two people who have been identified as Rembrandt himself and his wife Saskia. The artist and his wife are painted as the younger son and a bar prostitute in a depiction of life in the far country. Rembrandt was drawn to the parable of the prodigal son throughout his painting career and returned to it several times. Identified as one of the greatest of all Jesus’ parables, this parable has inspired many creatives from across the ages and around the globe for its moral and religious background. It is believed that the left side of the canvas was cut by the artist himself to place the viewer’s focus on the main theme.
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