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Workshop of the MASTER of the PRODIGAL SON , active about 1530 - 1560


Date: about 1550
Medium: Oil on oak
Dimensions: 108.5 × 69 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1854

The body of Christ is supported by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist. The dove of the Holy Ghost appears above the figures.

This was probably painted to encourage meditation on Christ's Passion. The format of the picture may derive from Venetian tradition and can be compared with the 'The Dead Christ supported by Angels' by Bellini, also in the Collection. 

This picture was perhaps painted in 1550; many versions are known.


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