The Boat

The Boat

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The Storm on Galilee, Rembrandt, 1632

‘Been a Rembrandt fan for a while … twenty-five years, maybe?  Light pulls me into the boat, a beautiful contrast between light and shadow.  Colors, I can’t put words to.  “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee”, I have gravitated towards, over and over (and over).  Light … amazingly beautiful … inside and outside of the waves, port side, shadow on the starboard. The story. Story is beautiful; story is jagged, painful; story is redemptive.  Guys, in the thick of it, fear intense, emanating beyond the boat. I see myself on the boat, in the storm, terrified. Fortunately, the storms pass, the waters subside. Three hundred years later (1990), art thieves stole the painting from an art museum in Boston, one of many, totaling approximately $500 million dollars in estimated value. It was the most costly theft of art known. “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” has never been recovered. The art thieves, never apprehended.  Life, complicated.  Beauty in a storm?  Art, so sacred … stolen by thieves in the night?

7 thoughts on “The Boat

  1. i love the light in this painting. to me, it seems to offer a measure of hope, even in the midst of all they are immersed in.

    as for the robbery, wouldn’t it be amazing if the thieves took the painting because they were so drawn to it, and had an appreciation for this stunning work of art? the odds are slim, as generally a financial gain is the reason,,, but wouldn’t that speak to the power of this piece?


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