Rembrandt's double portrait with his wife Saskia depicts the couple in a moment of merry exuberance. While the artist turns around to the viewer and raises his glass to him, Saskia sits in a more restrained pose on his left knee, her head turned in an unnatural rotation toward the front of the canvas. The motif of the half-length carousing couple the effect heightened by the chiaroscuro, recalls scenes of the Utrecht Caravaggists that unquestionably influenced Rembrandt's oeuvre.


  • Title: Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son
  • Date Created: ca. 1635
  • Physical Dimensions: w1310 x h1610 cm
  • Painter: Rembrandt
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Photograph: Hans Peter Klut/Elke Estel
  • External Link: http://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/de/contents/show?id=376227

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