Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Creation date
oil on canvas
Mark Descriptions
signed and dated: L.BAKH. / 1695
23 x 28-1/2 in.
Credit line
Marian and Harold Victor Fund
Accession number
Currently On View In
William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery - H215

Ludolf Backhuysen was the leading painter of seascapes in Amsterdam during the last quarter of the 17th century. His earliest biographer declared that he was "taught by nature" and reported that he often put to sea when a storm threatened in order observe the changing conditions of sky and water.

When the weather gods were at their least favorable was when he most loved to board a boat and sail to the mouth of the sea.
-Arnold Houbraken, 1718-21
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