The Return of the Fornication Son, Gverchino, 1628

The Return of the Fornication Son, Gverchino, 1628
The Return of the Fornication Son, Gverchino, 1628 - 1

  • Posted by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Gverchino)
  • Museum: Borghese Gallery
  • Year: 1628

Overview of the painting :

The return of the prodigal son is Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Gverchino). 1628. Oil on canvas. 125×163
   The baroque master Gverchino (1591-1666) repeatedly addressed the gospel parable about the prodigal son, interpreting it with all the passion inherent in the painters of this artistic direction. In this picture, he depicted the scene when his father, rejoicing at the return of his father who had left home and wasted his part of the inheritance to his son, ordered him to bring good clothes. The young man puts on a thin canvas shirt, and his father points to him to a servant who holds outfits. A dog, standing on its hind legs, faithfully looks into the eyes of a newfound owner.

   The author conveys the parable with all the clarity on which the art of baroque was capable: his masters sought to convey to the believers the foundations of the Christian religion in a vivid form. With his work, Gverchino sought to have a strong emotional impact on the worshipers, so painting is more material: parts, bodies are full of blood, draperies, lying in dense folds, tangible. But the idealization with which the characters are depicted, and the divine light pouring into the space of work, give it an elevated mood.