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The Prodigal Son: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Frame: Gift of the Marjorie Engels Memorial Fund and the Paintings Curatorial CouncilAccording to the Bible, the prodigal son was a youth who wasted his wealth on riotous living, then returned home poor and repentant. Here, in a tavern, he shares the last of a rich meal with two prostitutes. A large bed looms suggestively behind them. Completing the theme of wine, women and song, two street musicians play a flute and a violin. On a nearby chair, the young man's bright red cloak and sword underscore the temporary nature of his stay. To clarify his narrative of the prodigal son's bondage to vice, Teniers included a clothed monkey eating an apple, an ancient symbol of love, and dragging a ball and chain.This is a replica of a rare Flemish frame from the early-seventeenth century. It is an architrave profile cabinet frame in antique Indian ebony wood with reeded mouldings. This unique frame is a faithful reproduction of this nearly extinct frame type, both in materials and construction.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 17, 2009