Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Ludolf Backhuysen
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Ludolf Backhuysen

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee by German-Dutch Painter Ludolf Backhuysen (1630 – 1708); a Dutch Golden Age Painter who was also a draughtsman, calligrapher and printmaker.

This appears to be a work that was copied from Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669) piece, “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee c1633″.

While the original version created by Rembrandt is up close with the entire focus being on the boat with Jesus and his 12 disciples in the boat with him; this version takes a much wider view.

This version shows Jesus in the sailboat with an additional 8 men, as it is slammed on its side by a large wave; and off to the right of the scene we see a part of a mast sticking out of the water and farther back another sailboat caught in the sea storm.

In the distance we can see two structures several miles apart on the shore, some mountains behind one of the structures as well as large dark storm clouds with a small clearing in the clouds that is orange in color due to the sun; while the boat is being illuminated by a bright white light.

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Ludolf was born in Emden, East Frisia, a lower region in Lower Saxony Germany in 1630 and at about the age of 20 went to Amsterdam, Netherlands and gained employment as a Calligrapher and Merchant’s Clerk.

It was during this time that discovered that he had a great talent for painting, and so devoted his time to this endeavor, leaving his current employment; initially doing pen drawings and also studying under the eminent Dutch Golden Age Painters Allaert van Everdingen (1621 – 1675), a painter, printmaker and etcher as well as Hendrick Dubbels (1621 – 1707), a marine and winter landscape painter.

As a student of nature Ludolf would often go out to sea in an open boat to study the nature of the waves during storm events; as his main focus was on marine art, with an emphasis of scenes with stormy ocean waves.

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