Hieronymus Francken II (and workshop)
Antwerp 1578 – 1623 Antwerp
The Prodigal Son in a brothel
Oil on copper : 50,0 X 66,7 cm
The copper plate shows three punch marks on its backside:
the Antwerp hand, the date of 1608 and the personal mark of Peeter Stas
Frame : 63,3 X 80,2 cm
I would like to thank Dr. Ursula Härting for her attribution and her certificate (1/08/18)
On its backside our copper plate is signed by the copper smith Peeter Stas and dated 1608. In 1608 Hieronymus Francken II was aged thirty and still sharing a studio with his better-known brother Frans II. According to the Francken specialist Dr. Ursula Härting an unidentified assistant participated in the production of our painting, which was a common habit amongst Antwerp painters.
This composition represents two scenes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: he is spending thoughtlessly all his money at a brothel, but when he is broke he is thrown out of the establishment (in the upper left corner).
At right one has the most interesting view of a virginal with its open lid decorated with a painted river landscape.