June 18, 2017
Rembrandt (After), The Return of the Prodigal Son, c.1936, etching, 6 3/16 x 5 7/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Happy Father’s Day from the BYU Museum of Art! Celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June, Father’s Day was officially established as a national holiday in 1972. The holiday is to celebrate, commemorate, and honor fathers and other paternal figures.
The Artwork of the Day is an etching done after Rembrandt depicting the moment of reunion between the prodigal son and his father, in the parable of the prodigal son, as recorded in Luke, chapter 15.
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”