Signed on the rocks: Fraco Cozza P/1667.
Oil on canvas. 52cm by 80.5cm.
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 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.