Oil on canvas. 52cm by 80.5cm. Signed on the rocks: Fraco Cozza P/1667.
The parable of the Prodigal Son appears in the New Testament in the Gospel of St. Luke, chapter 15, verses 11-32.
It is a story of forgiveness and redemption.
Francesco Cozza was born in Stilo, in Calabria in 1605 and died in Rome in 1682. He was apprenticed to Domenichino (1581-1641) in Rome and is perhaps best known for his extensive fresco work; the most noted being the vast ceiling fresco in the library of the Palazzo Pamphili in the Piazza Navona in Rome.