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Jan Brueghel I

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Jan Brueghel I distinctive soft brushstroke earned him the nickname of Velours (“Velvet”). Born into a family of painters, he spent part of his career as an artist in Italy, where he enjoyed the protection of the Cardinal and collector Federico Borromeo, who owned an earlier version of this painting (now in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan). This oil on copper tells the story of the storm over Lake Tiberias, in which eleven of the apostles battled with wind and waves in a boat while Jesus slept. Included in the coastal landscape in the background is the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples, where Brueghel’s presence is documented in 1590. Jan Brueghel’s prolific production of seascapes, allegorical and mythological paintings and still lifes, particularly with flowers and garlands, won him great acclaim in his time.

Luke 8: 22-25 Mark 4: 37-40; Matthew 8: 23-27;
  • Cristo en la tempestad del mar de Galilea

  • Autor:
    Jan Brueghel I
    Brussels, 1568 - Antwerp, 1625
    Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1596
    Oil on copper. 26.6 x 35 cm
    INV. 66 (1979.66)
    © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
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