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Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal among the Harlots RE555580

Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal among the Harlots RE555580

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Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal among the Harlots

Originating from the South Netherlands between 1510 and 1525, this tapestry presents a compelling visual interpretation of two episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son, focusing on the period of his life spent in moral decay among harlots. This theme is a vivid illustration of vice and repentance, a common narrative in Renaissance art that aimed to offer moral lessons to its viewers.

The scene is likely rich in detail and color, portraying the Prodigal Son indulging in his inheritance through lavish spending and debauchery. He is depicted surrounded by harlots, symbolic of his descent into vice, in an environment that might be opulently and decadently adorned, underscoring the excesses that lead to his downfall. The figures in the tapestry, including the harlots, are typically rendered with a level of detail that emphasizes their allure and the temptations they represent.

Such tapestries were not just artistic expressions but were also educational tools, reflecting the societal and religious values of the time. They served as cautionary tales about the dangers of succumbing to sinful pleasures and the virtue of repentance and redemption. The craftsmanship of the tapestry, with its intricate weaving and expressive figures, would have been highly prized for both its aesthetic qualities and its narrative depth.

Two Episodes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son: The Prodigal among the Harlots RE555580

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