Rembrandt Paints The Prodigal Son in the Tavern

As early as 1749 this painting was described as a portrait of Rembrandt and his wife Saskia.

The young lady looking over her shoulder resembles a silverpoint portrait that Rembrandt drew of Saskia. The smiling man as Rembrandt is less convincing, but it should be noted that the face is abraded and has been retouched. Today's scholars continue to see the painting as capturing a carefree moment in the couple's existence. Although this is a history piece, Rembrandt may well have used himself and his wife as models.

The Prodigal Son in the Tavern is a painting by the Dutch master Rembrandt. It is housed in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of Dresden, Germany. It is signed "REMBRANDT F.".

It portrays two people whom had been identified as Rembrandt himself and his wife Saskia. In the Protestant contemporary world, the theme of the prodigal son was a frequent subject for works of art due to its moral background. Rembrandt himself painted a Return of the Prodigal Son in 1669.

The left side of the canvas was cut, perhaps by the artist himself, to remove secondary characters and focus the observer's attention on the main theme.