The Prodigal Son amind the Swine, Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer
The Prodigal Son amind the Swine
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The Prodigal Son amind the Swine, ca. 1496


Blatt
243 x 189 mm
Inventory Number
33378
Object Number
33378 D
Acquisition
Donated by Johann David Passavant (before 1861)
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Acquisition

Johann David Passavant's (1787-1861) biography was an unusual one. Originally trained as a merchant in Frankfurt, he developed from 1817 on into a Nazarene painter and eventually became a co-founder of a science-oriented art history. His work on 'Rafael von Urbino und sein Vater Giovanni Santi', published in 1839, is regarded as a cornerstone of art research. The author dedicated the book to the "venerable administration" of the Städel, which had supported the research undertaking and the printing. Passavant had long cultivated close links with the Städelsches Kunstinstitut and had advised it on its art purchases since 1817. He eventually became its gallery inspector in 1840. The artist and art scholar also established his own small private collection. During his lifetime he bequeathed individual artworks to the Städel, and further objects followed in his will in 1861.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Prodigal Son amind the Swine
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert unten Mitte: AD
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch VII.49.28
  • Meder 1932.80.28 a
  • Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 1.45.9
  • Hollstein German VII.25.29
  • TIB 1001.028

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Donated by Johann David Passavant (before 1861)

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Lukas 15,15-19

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73C86451 the prodigal son repents his former life and prays
  • 31A233 kneeling figure
  • 31A25221 hands folded with fingers knit
Secondary

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Last update

25.11.2021