Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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The Prodigal Son,


Dimensions (Plate): 379 x 451 mm (14.9 x 17.8 in.)

Inscribed in plate, center bottom: “Jodoc a Wing:/figurauit, 1588.” and “Joan: Sadeler. Serenissimi/ Bauariae Ducis chalcograph? fe:”; inscribed in plate, bottom edge: “VINUM ET MULIERES APOSTATARE FACIUNT SAPIENTES. ET QUI SE IVNGIT FORNICATORIIS ERIT NEQUAM. Sirach 19.” [translation: “Wine and women make [even] wise men stray, and whoever joins up with fornicators will be less than nothing.” (D’Oench 1995, p. 9)]

Accession number: 1970.40.1

Purchase funds, 1970

Bibliography: Wurzbach 62 (vol. 2, p. 539); (II, 888) 7; Hollstein 559 (vol. 21, p.175) as “House of Ill Fame”; Ellen G. D’Oench, Prodigal Son Narratives 1480–1980 (Yale University Art Gallery and Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 1995), cat. no. 5, pp. 8–9; De Jongh and Luijten, Mirror of Everyday Life (1997), no. 6, pp. 67–70.

Work Type: print

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