Tobit and Anna with the Kid
Arrowood 2000 after Rembrandt 1625
Oil on Panel 15 3/4” x 11 3/4”
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Arrowood 2001 after Rembrandt 1633
Oil on Canvas 63” x 50”
The Lost Rembrandt
"In the spring of 2001, I began to consider doing a reproduction of Rembrandt's “Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee”; however, finding a good reference proved to be a problem. I found four versions, so different in color, that they could have been four different paintings...That makes it almost impossible to match a painting’s actual color. Studying the Master's palette is helpful, but studying the Master's original is preferable.
My problem appeared to be solved on a cold gray day in May 2001 when, by chance, I found an Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum brochure lying on the floor at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It featured Rembrandt’s “Storm” and on learning that the Gardner was only a few blocks away, I made plans to view the Rembrandt the following day.
Unfortunately, the brochure was misleading. Rembrandt's "Storm” was no longer displayed at the Gardner...I, along with art lovers worldwide, had been robbed one evening years before on St. Patrick’s Day. On that evening in 1990, two men in police uniforms, faked their way into the Museum, bound and gagged the security staff, and cut the “Storm” from its frame.
Included in the theft were several other masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer. It was the greatest, and as yet unsolved, art heist in US history. Over twenty years have passed since the infamous theft, and Rembrandt’s only seascape and the other paintings remain lost to all of us. The case is still open and the painting’s empty frames still hang in place at the Gardner Museum. A five million dollar reward awaits the return of Rembrandt’s “Storm” and the other stolen works. yha
The Artist in His Studio
Arrowood 2001 after Rembrandt 1628
Oil on Panel 10” x 13”