A Very Short History of Art: The Baroque and Rococo

1 Caravaggio Bacchus 1595
Caravaggio, Bacchus, 1590s

In the seventeenth century the centre of artistic gravity in Europe began to shift away from Italy, leaving the Northern tradition to dominate the art of this period, but not before one of the greatest names in art could leave his mark on the art of Italy for generations to come. Continue reading “A Very Short History of Art: The Baroque and Rococo”

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Paintings You Should Know: Rembrandt’s ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’

The Return of the Prodigal Son
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1661-1669

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

– Luke 15:20

Jesus’s parable of the return of the prodigal son (prodigal: spending money or using resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant) is one of those passages which sits at the very heart of the gospel narrative: the story of a father who waits longingly for the return of his younger, estranged son, only to welcome him with open arms when he returns, penitent, having squandered everything his father gave him. Continue reading “Paintings You Should Know: Rembrandt’s ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’”