The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son

Item Info

Item No: frk00030
Title: The Prodigal Son
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Weiser Number: 53
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

[top panel]
Ich will mich aufmachen und zu meinem Vater gehen und sagen

[lower panel]
- Vater, ich habe gesündigt im Himmel und vor dir.


[top panel]
I will set out and go to my father and say

[lower panel]
Father, I have sinned in Heaven and before you.

Category: Religious Text
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. Depicted are the last two of four sections of the parable of the Prodigal Son, as narrated in Luke 15:11-32. The text is based on Luke 15:18. The item is divided into two sections. The upper image depicts the prodigal son, barefoot and with a whip, tending six pigs. Two large tulips are on the sides, and the verse is underneath. The image below depicts the prodigal son, on his knees and hand raised in prayer, before his well-dressed father, who is reaching out to him. Next to the father is a servant, holding a pair of shoes, a ring, and a fancy coat. On the right, a house is partially visible. A flower and striped motif are above the people, and the verse is below.

Associated Names: Krebs, Friedrich
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“Johann Jacob Friederich Krebs” in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 1, pp. 460-467.

Frederick S. Weiser, “Ach wie ist die Welt so Toll! The Mad, Lovable World of Friedrich Krebs,” in Der Reggeboge 22, no. 2 (1988): 49-88.

Creation Place County: Creation Place Note:Based on artist’s location

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1810
Image Dimensions Width: 40 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 30
Creator Name: [Friedrich Krebs (1749-1815)] - Decorator
[Friedrich Krebs (1749-1815)] - Scrivener

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