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Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Backhuysen, Ludolf, I (Dutch, 1630-1708)

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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Object Information

Backhuysen, Ludolf, I (Dutch, 1630-1708)
creation date
oil on canvas
23 x 28-1/2 in.
mark descriptions
signed and dated: L.BAKH. / 1695
accession number
credit line
Marian and Harold Victor Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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