Return of the Prodigal Son

Louis-Charles Gautier-Dagoty after Guercinoca. 1775-1776

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University


  • Title: Return of the Prodigal Son
  • Creator: Louis-Charles Gautier-Dagoty after Guercino
  • Date Created: ca. 1775-1776
  • Print State: First of two states, without the added inscription plate identifying the artist
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1984
  • Materials & Techniques: Four-color mezzotint printed in red, blue, and black, with hand coloring on heavy wove paper
  • Keywords: Prodigal Son
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Edition: Rare; a black and white impression is in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and a colored impression with retouching is in the Doucet collection
  • Dimensions: Plate dimensions: 352 mm x 391 mm (13.86 in. x 15.39 in.).
  • Bibliography: Franklin, "Early Colour Printing," Oxford, 1977, p. 52 (photocopy shelved in Print Reference Library); Anatomie de la couleur (Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1996), cat. 133; Singer, 2; Riggs, p. 296; D’Oench, “Prodigal Son Narratives 1480–1980” (Yale University Art Gallery and Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 1995) cat. no.10, p.10
  • Associated People: Created by Louis-Charles Gautier-Dagoty (French, 1746 - after 1787), After Guercino (Italian, 1591-1666)
  • Accession Number: 1984.22.1