Christian Art Today - A storm broke over the lake


The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Oil on canvas, 1633, © Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Oil on canvas, 1633, © Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA

Gospel of 2nd July 2019 - Matthew 8: 23-27

Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went to him and woke him saying, 'Save us, Lord, we are going down!' And he said to them, 'Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?' And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again. The men were astounded and said, 'Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.'

Reflection on the Painting

This stunning painting is Rembrandt's only seascape and on the morning of the 18th of March 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers broke into the museum in Boston and stole this work. The painting has never been seen since… We are looking at a violent storm, the main sail torn, dark clouds all round, with just a small opening in the top left corner letting in some sunlight to add to the dramatic effects. We see the disciples panicking, trying to hold the boat together; one disciple is sea sick leaning over the boat; Rembrandt painted himself here as well, holding his cap on his head and a rope in the other hand. Jesus is painted just after waking up and we can almost hear him say today's Gospel words 'Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith'.

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