Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’, 1636, David Tunick, Inc.

Watermark: None visible

Hind 147; Hollstein 91, only state;
New Hollstein 159, first state of three, before the reworking of the shadows on the stairs and around the figures

A. Zaleski (19th century; Austrian?), Lugt 2671;
Private collection, U.S.A.

About Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn is considered the greatest artist of Holland's Golden Age. He worked from direct observation, and despite the evolution of his style over the course of his career, Rembrandt’s compelling descriptions of light, space, atmosphere, modeling, texture, and human affect are the result of intense perceptual study. A prominent portraitist, Rembrandt is most famous for The Night Watch (1642), a monumental painting of militia guards that features Rembrandt’s distinctive use of chiaroscuro.

Dutch, 1606-1669, Leiden, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam and Leiden, Holland