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
ArtistRembrandt van Rijn
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions160 cm × 128 cm (62.99 in × 50.39 in)
LocationWhereabouts 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. A forgery is also seen in the episode "Greyson Blaise (No. 37)" (season 5, episode 2).
  • The painting and its theft are referred to in the 2013 film Trance.
  • The painting is the cover of the book Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, by Peter L. Bernstein.
  • The painting is used as the cover art 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 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 season 1, episode 2 of Iron Fist in the penthouse of the supposedly dead Harold Meachum.
  • The painting turns up in the fictional town of Lost in Sarah Beth Durst's novel The Lost.
  • The painting can be seen hanging on walls in the video games BioShock Infinite and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee 1633". Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. May 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Robert M. Poole (July 2005). "Ripped from the Walls (and the Headlines)". Smithsonian. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16.
  3. ^ Guy Darst; Ulrich Boser (February 20, 2009). "Vanishing Point: As the World's Biggest Unsolved Art Theft Fades From View, a Fresh Look". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Beth Stebner (March 18, 2012). "Has the biggest art heist in US history been solved? FBI says they've ID'd infamous thieves who stole half a BILLION dollars of art from Boston's Gardner Museum". Daily Mail. London.
  5. ^ Matt Pearce (March 18, 2013). "FBI says it knows who pulled off unsolved 1990 Boston art heist". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "The Gardner Museum Theft, Reward Offered for Return of Artwork". Federal Bureau of Investigation. March 18, 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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