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The Departure of the Prodigal Son: C.344-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Departure of the Prodigal Son


Maker: Unknown




Stained and painted glass in grisaille and two shades of silver-yellow stain. The Departure of the Prodigal Son. The father sits on the right with a small trunk at his feet. The two sons approach with their left hands raised. The Prodigal, on the left, holds his hat in his right hand. Behind them two men stand beside a table putting money into a small bag. The action takes place in a loggia with square columns supporting an architrave with panels containing foliage or profile masks; the floor is tiled. On the left, the Prodigal is shown departing with a staff over his shoulder and a pack on his back. In the background there are turreted buildings.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1525


Design attributed to an artist trained in Mechlin

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint
Inside Lead Diameter 22.5 cm

Materials used in production

silver-yellow stain Stained glass

Techniques used in production

Staining : Stained and painted glass in grisaille and two shades of silver-yellow stain

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.344-1991
Primary reference Number: 28216
Packing number: EWA 817
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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