The Prodigal Son. Artist: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Source: Die Bibel in Bildern. Click on image to enlarge it. This drawing is Figure 23 in Lionel Gossman’s ”Unwilling Moderns: The Nazarene Painters of the Nineteenth Century.

The plate includes the text of Luke 15:7, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” The illustration actually depicts Luke 15:11-32, the narrative that dramatizes Christ’s words.

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Die Bibel in Bildern [Picture Bible] von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Leipzig: Georg Wigands, 1860. Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Getty Library. Web. 30 June 2016.

Gossman, Lionel. Unwilling Moderns: The Nazarene Painters of the Nineteenth Century. Victorian Web [Complete text in the Victorian Web].

Last modified 16 August 2016