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The Storm on the Sea of Galilee – Rembrandt van Rijn | [HR] Painting & Facts

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is a painting from 1633 by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn that was in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, Massachusetts, United States, prior to being stolen in 1990.

The painting depicts the miracle of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee, as depicted in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Markin the New Testament of the Christian Bible. 

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Facts About Painting

  • The painting is Rembrandt’s only work with a maritime scene. It depicts a sailboat being tossed about on the Sea of Galilee.

  • On the morning of March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as police officers broke into the museum and stole The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and 12 other works.

  • It is considered the biggest art theft in US history and remains unsolved.

  • The painting is referenced in the movie Trance as a stolen painting by Rembrandt.

  • It has been theorized that Rembrandt’s point in this is to put himself in the event through his imagination to inspire faith in the Biblical text, affirming its occurrence.

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