This intimate scene depicts the dramatic climax of
the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. Having
squandered his inheritance on wild living, the
Prodigal Son returns to his father's house in
repentance. His father's forgiveness is shown by his
tender embrace and tears; in the background a
servant approaches with new clothes.
The colour scheme of the work is typically
Neapolitan, consisting of browns, earthy reds and
ochres. Once thought to be by Ribera, the work is
now attributed to one of his Neapolitan followers,
perhaps either the Master of the Annunciation to
the Shepherds or Francesco Fracanzano."