The Return of the Prodigal Son
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The artist chose to represent the moment of reconciliation between the impoverished prodigal and his all-forgiving father. Murillo's mastery of a dramatic and sentimental style is evident not only in the varied and overt display of emotions but also in the theatrical composition. Like a scene from a play, the main action takes centre stage while subsidiary players enter from the wings. Their movement towards the centre of the canvas focuses our attention towards the tender embrace. Murillo also added the real detail of the little dog who leaps up to greet his long-lost master.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: 1667-1670
Artist age:Approximately 53 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 236.3 cm (93.03 in.), Width: 261 cm (102.76 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member kohn1fox on 04 December 2013.
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