Museum of Biblical Art New York, New York (212) 408–1500 www.mobia.org October 4, 2007–February 17, 2008
The Prodigal Son, a well-known Biblical story from Luke 15 of the loving father who unconditionally forgives his wayward son, has inspired artists through the centuries. With The Art of Forgiveness, the Museum of Biblical Art presents an exhibition dedicated to this theme, featuring works from the Renaissance to the present day.
Among the featured works are a monumental, brightly colored Flemish tapestry from the late 15th century depicting scenes from the Prodigal Son story, a poignant etching by Rembrandt van Rijn, and Return of the Prodigal by the Neapolitan School. More than 70 other prints, sculptures and paintings by artists including Pietro Testa, James Tissot and Maurice Langaskens will provide a wide-ranging overview of the impact this theme has had on the history of art.