In the painting, the son has returned home in a wretched state after he has wasted his inheritance through wastefulness and extravagance.
In 1881 the painting was transferred from wood to canvas for its preservation.
Hermitage Museum — Virtual Tour The State Hermitage Museum is an art and culture museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The Prodigal Son returns to the farther wishing for forgiveness and a renewed place in the family.
A highlight of the collection is jewelry from the Pontic steppes, Caucasus, and Asia, in particular, Scythian and Sarmatian gold.
The inner reality of the art requires a more profound observation of the relationship of all the elements and their harmony.