Rembrandt Van Rijn⁣⁣⁣ Christ in the Storm on the Sea of

9/1/2021, 2:51:12 PM
Rembrandt Van Rijn⁣⁣⁣ Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee⁣⁣⁣ 1633⁣⁣ “Rembrandt’s most striking narrative painting in America, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, is also his only painted seascape. The biblical scene pitches nature against human frailty – both physical and spiritual. The panic-stricken disciples struggle against a sudden storm, and fight to regain control of their fishing boat as a huge wave crashes over its bow, ripping the sail and drawing the craft perilously close to the rocks in the left foreground. One of the disciples succumbs to the sea’s violence by vomiting over the side. Amidst this chaos, only Christ, at the right, remains calm, like the eye of the storm. Awakened by the disciples’ desperate pleas for help, he rebukes them: “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” and then rises to calm the fury of wind and waves. Nature’s upheaval is both cause and metaphor for the terror that grips the disciples, magnifying the emotional turbulence and thus the image’s dramatic impact.⁣⁣ Dated from 1633, the work does not portray only a situation of anguish: it is the anguish itself. Unfortunately, the turbulent and shocking picture was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. The painting had already belonged to several collectors when it was acquired by Isabela in 1898.⁣⁣⁣ Two thieves disguised themselves as policemen and arrived at the museum saying they were going to attend an emergency call. When they entered the premises, they stole the equivalent of five hundred million dollars. In addition to this work, they stole Vermeer‘s paintings.⁣⁣⁣ Then the museum offered a reward to anyone who gave information that would lead to the whereabouts of the artworks. Unfortunately, they are still missing. The museum still has hope, though. In the place where the painting used to hang, its frame remains empty, waiting for its heart to return home.”⁣ #painting #artlovers #artists #famousart #artlegends #art #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #artoftheday #artstagram #artofinstagram #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #rembrandt

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