The Return of the Prodigal Son is a c.1667-1670 oil on canvas painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. It is a beautiful reflection of loving paternal mercy staged in a moody palette of burnt umber, clay and saffron. The son is clasped in the arms of his father who looks into his eyes and assures him of his forgiving love. New garments for the repent sinner are brought forth symbolically signaling the return to his original elevated state before left his fathers house in pursuit of the world.
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