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Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Offering Jewels to Luxuria RE479900

Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Offering Jewels to Luxuria RE479900

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Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Offering Jewels to Luxuria

This tapestry, woven in the South Netherlands between 1510 and 1525, vividly captures two scenes from the biblical Parable of the Prodigal Son, specifically focusing on the moment the Prodigal Son offers jewels to Luxuria (symbolizing lust or extravagance). This portrayal is a deep exploration of moral themes and human character, common in art of this period.

The tapestry shows the Prodigal Son, dressed in fine clothing that signifies his initial wealth, presenting jewels to Luxuria, who represents the temptations and moral decay associated with luxury and excess. This interaction is a critical moment that illustrates the son's fall into vice and prodigality before his eventual redemption. The figures are depicted with a dramatic intensity that conveys the emotional depth of the narrative.

Surrounding details, likely lavish and meticulously woven, would include elements of a sumptuous setting that further emphasize the themes of wealth and moral decay. The use of vibrant colors and intricate patterns in the background and the garments of the figures would attract the viewer’s attention, enhancing the moral lesson being depicted.

This piece not only serves as a decorative art form but also as a didactic tool, reflecting the values and religious beliefs of the time. It would have been valued both for its artistic beauty and for its ability to convey important biblical stories and ethical teachings to its audience.

Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Offering Jewels to Luxuria RE479900

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