REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee1633
Oil on canvas, 160 x 128 cm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Catalogue number: Bredius 547
This painting is Rembrandt's only painted seascape. Dated 1633, it was made shortly after Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam from his native Leiden, when he was establishing himself as the city's leading painter of portraits and historical subjects. The detailed rendering of the scene, the figures' varied expressions, the relatively polished brushwork, and the bright colouring are characteristic of Rembrandt's early style.
The painting was stolen from the museum in 1990.