The Return of the Prodigal Son, Gverchino, 1628

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The Return of the Prodigal – Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Guercino). 1628. Oil on canvas. 125×163
The baroque master Gverchino (1591-1666) repeatedly turned to the gospel tale of the prodigal offspring, interpreting it with all the passion inherent in the painters of this artistic direction. In this picture, he portrayed a scene where a father, who was happy about the return of a son who had left home and wasted his part of the legacy, ordered him to bring excellent clothes. The guy puts on a shirt of a narrow cloth, and the father shows him a servant who holds outfits. The dog, standing on its hind legs, faithfully looks into the eyes of the newfound owner.

The creator conveys the parable with all the clarity that Baroque art was capable of: his masters sought in a catchy form to convey to the believers the bases of the Christian religion. With his work, Gverchino sought to have a strong emotional effect on the worshipers, because the painting of the canvas is highly material: details are written out, the bodies are full-blooded, the draperies that lay in dense folds are palpable. But the idealization with which the characters are depicted, and the divine light pouring into the place of work, give her an elevated mood."

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