Rembrandt also uses his majestic chiaroscuro to convey the powerful message of the “Sea of Galilee” story, his only seascape. “Basically everyone knows who Rembrandt is,” said Anthony Amore, the Gardner Museum’s security director since 2005 and lead investigator into the theft. As a Jew, I yearned to come. Though Vermeer’s “The Concert” was the most highly valued work stolen, fellow Dutchman Rembrandt’s “Storm” has more firmly captured the public’s imagination. “I’m still wildly obsessed, more than ever,” said Anthony Amore, the chief of security of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in a 2019 interview with The Art Newspaper. The dynamic Storm on the Sea of Galilee is the only seascape by renowned baroque artist Rembrandt van Rijn. The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is a 1633 oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn. But to date, no one has yet found any information about any of the 13 works of art. According to Amore, more than 70 thefts of Rembrandt’s works have occurred during the past century. In March, the FBI’s Boston office announced it had determined the identity of the thieves, and that the stolen masterpieces were originally brought to Connecticut and the Philadelphia area. “But this painting was a big dramatic scene that caught your eye first, as a giant sweeping dramatic seascape. The “Storm on the Sea at Galilee” is, in fact, one of 13 masterpieces that were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on March 19, 1990. The painting was the focal point of the museum’s fabled Dutch Room, and displayed directly across from a postage stamp-sized self-portrait of Rembrandt – also stolen. For art thieves from London to New England, Rembrandt is the undisputed master of choice for a good heist. One of the most accepted theories about the theft is that it was orchestrated by local mobsters who then sold off the work on the black market. Only one figure looks directly out at us as he steadies himself by grasping a rope and holds onto his cap. During his years in London, Rabbi Kook frequently visited the National Gallery and meditated on Rembrandt’s works there. “The fact is that almost all the other museums in Massachusetts had been hit in the years leading up to 1990,” Amore said. Today, despite 30,000 leads, the mystery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner theft remains unsolved. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community. “With the announcement in March, we are trying to spread a wider net based on our leads in Connecticut and Philadelphia.”. Unlike other news outlets, we haven’t put up a paywall. A few years ago, authorities searched the house of Robert Gentile, a former mobster, and found a list of stolen Gardner works with possible black market prices. 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No other details have been released, but FBI officials have said the hunt is in its “final chapter.”, We’re really pleased that you’ve read, Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories, Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists, Already a member? In his 40-year career he left behind a varied body of work, from biblical subjects to domestic scenes and self-portraits. A global expert in art crime, Amore recently wrote a book chronicling Rembrandt heists around the world. One of many Rembrandts based on scenes from the Bible, it was the artist’s only seascape, painted in 1633 — 380 years ago. The spectacle of darkness and light formed by the churning seas and blackening sky immediately attracts our attention. “This availability combined with fame is the perfect storm for theft.”. The artist made extensive use of local Amsterdam Jews as subjects for his Holy Land paintings and depictions of Jewish weddings. to convey the powerful message of the “Sea of Galilee” story, his only seascape. “There are Rembrandts in every major city in the world, so there is that availability,” Amore told The Times of Israel. Be Still!” The theft, considered one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the art world, was perpetrated by two men posing as police officers. The FBI’s wider net includes an unprecedented $5 million reward for information leading to discovery of the stolen works, as well as immunity from the US Attorney’s Office, Kelly said. In “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists,” Amore explores fans and thieves’ shared obsession with works by the Dutch Golden Age’s most prolific master painter. It is a dramatic depiction of the ‘calming the storm’ miracle done by Jesus. Light is used to illuminate the figure of Christ and those around him. BOSTON – More than two decades after thieves stole Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea of Galilee” from a Boston museum, the FBI continues to receive new leads about the largest art theft in US history. So now we have a request. “It really resonates with the public.”. The painting depicts the miracle of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee, specifically as it is described in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark.