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The Prodigal Son with the Swine

Hans Sebald Beham (AKA Hans Sebald Peham, Hans Sebald Behem, Hans Sebald Bôhm), German, (1500–November 22, 1550)

Creation date: 1538
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 2006.245
Dimensions: 2 7/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (7.3 cm x 11.43 cm)


Johann Paul Friedrich Kalle, Cologne/Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany ( - November 22, 1975)

F.A.C. Prestel, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany (November 22, 1875 - November 22, 1875)

Christie's, London, London, England (September 20, 2006 - September 20, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (September 20, 2006 - )

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December 2007
Designs on Each Other: Indian Paintings and European Prints
Beham was a virtuoso engraver who flourished in Frankfurt between 1520 and 1540 and drew much inspiration from the work of his elder, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). This engraving depicting one of the most popular parables from the Gospel of Luke in the Christian New Testament was produced at the height of Beham’s career and is one of his most famous works. A printed edition of this engraving made its way to the Persian court of Shah Abbas, the ruler of the Safavid dynasty in Iran, where it was copied by a court painter.
Last Updated: 11/23/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 2/28/2012 - 5/27/2012


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints Christie's. London, England, September 20, 2006-September 21, 2006
Page Number: 7 Lot no. 7


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