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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rembrandt's painting "The return of the prodigal son"

You gotta love Rembrandt's painting, "The return of the prodigal son". That's the elder brother peeking around the column in the background.

Rembrandt-The return of the prodigal son

Henri Nouwen has a highly reviewed book about this painting and the parable behind it. I haven't yet read the book, but it seems to be about moving from being the prodigal son, to being the elder brother, to being the welcoming father.


  • According to Henry Nouwen's book "the Return of the Prodigal Son" that is the mom peeking around the corner - the elder brother is actually standing right there next to the father in a kingly rob looking on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/25/2016 10:23 a.m.  

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