By Levi Clancy for לוי on
The Prodigal Son
Joseph Mozier (1812 - 1870)
Marble; carved in 1858
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
In 1845, Mozier retired from his successful dry-goods business in New York to become a sculptor. He studied in Florence for several years before settling in Rome, where he remained until his death.
Pennsylvania Academy board member J Gillingham Fell purchased The Prodigal Son from Mozier in 1864 as a gift for the Museum. Fell chose it because he thought its theme of forgiveness was important during the Civil War.