18 April 1997
Studio of Frans Francken II (1542-1616)
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32): the Prodigal Son feasting, in a surround of grisailles and brown monochrome scenes
oil on panel
25¼ x 33¾in. (64 x 85.7cm.)
with Leonard Koetser, 1953.
Purchased from the Bond Street Galleries, 1954.
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A comparable panel by the artist with scenes from the same parable is in the Louvre (U. Härting, Frans Francken der Jüngere, 1989, no. 159, illustrated).
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