Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt was created in 1635. The painting is in Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden. The size of the work is 161 x 131 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
In the painting, on the table to Saskia’s left is a peacock pie. Peacocks are originally native to India and Sri Lanka. There they are also revered as sacred birds and national animals. In Yezidism, the original religion of the Kurds, the “angel peacock” also plays a special role. In Christian iconography, on the other hand, the peacock is a symbol of beauty and love, but also of vanity, pride and arrogance. Read more in Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden.
About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more