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The Celebration, the 6th of 6 scenes, ca. 1784
Colored etching published by Giuseppe Remondini (1745–1811) in Bassano,
after a series of published by Georg Balthasar Probst, ca. 1770
Calvin College, 19188.8.131.52
GAUDIUM PATRIS PROPTER FILIUM INVENTUM / REGOZIJO DEL PADRE POR HAVER HALLADO EL HIJO
The joy of the father for the son who is found / The rejoicing of the father for the son is found
The final image in the series depicts the celebration banquet in honor of the son’s return. The father’s house is grand, and the son appears as the honored guest. The point is further emphasized by the family crests, decorating the far corners of the ceiling—the lost son once again is part of the family. The father presides over the table with the son at his side. Servants deliver platters of food and pour goblets of wine. The walls are covered in rich, decorative tapestries, and mirrors hang symmetrically on the far wall. For an etching meant to be viewed through a zograscope, the inclusion of mirrors is perhaps a playful reference to the viewer himself—an invitation to join in the celebration.
Literature: Anton W. A. Boschloo, The Prints of the Remondinis: An Attempt to Reconstruct an Eighteenth-Century World of Pictures, translated by C. M. H. Harrison (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1998), pp. 174–77.