The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

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The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee.jpg
Artist Rembrandt van Rijn
Year 1633
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 160 cm × 128 cm (62.99 in × 50.39 in)
Location Whereabouts unknown since the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in 1990

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 Mark in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.[1] It is Rembrandt's only seascape.[2]


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.[2] Although It is considered the biggest art theft in US history and remains unsolved,[2][3] the museum still displays the paintings' empty frames in their original locations.[4]

On March 18, 2013, the FBI announced they knew who was responsible for the crime.[5] Criminal analysis has suggested that the heist was committed by an organized crime group. There have been no conclusions made public as the investigation is ongoing.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

In The Blacklist episode "Gina Zanetakos (No. 152)" (season 1, episode 6), Raymond Reddington has possession of The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and is arranging its sale to a buyer for the buyer's wedding. In the Complete First Season DVD, it is disc 2, Episode: Gina Zanetakos [No. 152], 5:44-46 and 40:17. A forgery is also seen in the episode "Greyson Blaise (No. 37)" (season 5, episode 2).

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

The painting is the cover of a book called, Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein.

The painting is used as the album artwork for The Struggle, the third studio album by Tenth Avenue North.

In The Venture Brothers, villain Phantom Limb is selling the painting to a mafioso who complains that he wanted the Mona Lisa. Limb explains the Rembrandt is not only a better painting but cheaper for the footage, as it is just over double the size.

The painting also is displayed hanging without its frame in Episode 3 of Batman: The Telltale Series in the apartment of Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman).

The painting is displayed in Episode 2/ Season 1 of Iron Fist in the penthouse of the supposedly dead Harold Meachum.

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