The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee.
90cm x 120cm
‘The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee’ is a 1633 canvas painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn. It was previously at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston but was stolen in 1990 and is still missing. This painting depicts the Biblical account of Jesus’ storm of the Sea of Galilee, particularly as recorded in the fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel. The end of the Rembrandt beach.
The horizontal diagram shows the close-up view of Christ’s disciples who were struggling to survive in a violent storm so that they could control their fishing boat. A huge wave hits the bow and tears the sail. One of the students appears to be cleaning on the side. Another direct view of the viewer is the image itself of the artist. Only Christ, pictured on the right, would remain silent.
The intimate treatment of the title and its composition all goes back to the prints made by Adriaen Collaert after the design of the Flemish artist Maerten de Vos. The Galilean storm was plate 8 in 12 parts of Vita, passio et Resvrrectio Iesv Christ published by Jan and Raphael Sadeler in Antwerp in 1583. Rembrandt’s drawing follows the image format in his composition and also shows the boat in a tilted position. As in print, most of the work space is occupied by the main motif, which is the students in the boat fighting against the weather.
Spicy fact –
On the morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised themselves as police stormed a museum and stole The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and 12 other works in what is considered to be the largest artistic theft in U.S. history. The heist remains unresolved.
On March 18, 2013, the FBI announced that it knew who was guilty. Criminal analysis suggested that the heist was perpetrated by an organized crime group. No conclusions have been made public, as the investigation is still ongoing