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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

oil on canvas (159 × 127 cm) — 1633 Museum Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Mark 4:37

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Despairing apostles ask Jesus to save them from the storm. Others try to control the ship, but sails are torn and lines are broken. Water is flooding into the small vessel.

Rembrandt painted this work in a period when he mostly made portraits in commission. He may have felt he needed the expressive space that a history piece had to offer.

Of course all's well that ends well - a few words are enough to calm the sea. The painting itself did not fare so well, however. It was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, in 1990 and has not been seen since.

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