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Christ on the Sea of Galilee

Eugène Delacroix1841

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Eugène Delacroix was the greatest representative of Romanticism in painting. Although not a practicing Christian, he frequently treated New Testament subjects, attracted by their drama and pathos, qualities favored by the Romantic movement. In this scene, Christ's disciples panic in the midst of a violent storm, while he sleeps serenely, without fear of harm. Delacroix, a great colorist, emphasizes the contrast between the icy lavenders of Christ's mantle and the luminous reds and yellows of the disciples' robes. Delacroix describes the scene as though the viewer were close to the action in order to heighten the emotion. This painting is the sketch for a composition that Delacroix repeated in three versions.

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  • Title: Christ on the Sea of Galilee
  • Creator: Eugène Delacroix
  • Date Created: 1841
  • Physical Dimensions: w546.1 x h457.2 in (Unframed)
  • Culture: French
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through exchange of the gifts of the Friends of Art, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parker, and the Durand-Ruel Galleries; and the bequest of John K. Havemeyer, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through exchange of the gifts of the Friends of Art, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parker, and the Durand-Ruel Galleries; and the bequest of John K. Havemeyer
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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