[The parable of the prodigal son]
NamesGalle, Philippe, 1537-1612 (Engraver)Heemskerk, Martin van, 1498-1574 (Artist)Galle, Théodore, 1571-1633 (Associated name)
Prints depicting dance
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1562Place: Antwerp
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFD Gal P Par 1
TopicsProdigal son (Parable)Biblical dancing
NotesStatement of responsibility: P. Galle fe. ; M Hemskerck inuen.Statement of responsibility: Lettered at bottom left: Theodor Galle excud.Content: Legend in Latin at bottom: Pater illum nouis uestimentis induit, intulum, mactat, et simul letati sunt.Title from the online catalog of the British Museum, London, which holds a copy of this print.Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.Acquisition: Purchase; Golden Legend.Biographical/historical: This print is part of a series depicting different scenes from the story of the prodigal son. Philippe [also known as Philip, Philipp or Philips] Galle was a draughtsman, engraver, writer, publisher, and print dealer based in Antwerp. His son Theodor Galle was also an engraver, publisher, and print dealer. The Dutch painter Maarten van Heemskerck [there are many variant spellings of his name] made drawings for some six hundred prints. His subjects, frequently drawn from the Bible, displayed his flair for original compositions.
Physical DescriptionEngravingsExtent: 1 print : engraving, b&w ; 23 x 28 cm.
DescriptionScene from the Biblical story of the prodigal son. In the foreground, a butcher prepares a carcass, possibly symbolizing the "fatted calf" of the parable's celebratory feast. In the middle ground at right, the prodigal son dances in a circle with his family, rejoicing in his return. They wear contemporary finery rather than biblical robes.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 771458871NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19477872Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 26e49050-fb29-0132-4db8-58d385a7bbd0
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