Father Blessing His Prodigal Son, with Fox Devil

Title

Father Blessing His Prodigal Son, with Fox Devil

Creator

Sadao WATANABE
Japanese, 1913–1996

Date

1983

Description

Father Blessing his Prodigal Son, with Fox Devil depicts the reunion of the prodigal son and his father, from a parable told by Jesus. In the parable, the younger of two sons asks his father for his inheritance, and then takes his fortune to a distant land, where he squanders it. When he realizes his mistake, he returns home. Instead of scolding, his father welcomes him with love and compassion. The son has his head down and kneels; his back is turned to the fox demon, a Japanese representation of bewitchment. In another print of The Last Supper (not in this exhibition) Watanabe shows Jesus and the Disciples sitting on the floor around a low table with plates of fish, and Judas’ kimono is decorated with a fox design.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Gift of William E. Harkins

Identifier

2007.41

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Stencil print; plate: 7-7/8 x 7-3/8 in. (20.1 x 18.8 cm), sheet: 13-1/4 x 9 in. (33.7 x 23 cm)