This scene is based on an incident recounted in three Gospels of the New Testament: a furious storm breaks out while Jesus and his disciples sail across the Sea of Galilee to spread Christ's message. To the disciples' amazement, Jesus calms the wind and the storm, dramatizing the power of Christian belief. Delacroix produced multiple variations on this theme in 1853 and 1854, when this particular biblical subject became popular with French Catholics during the reign of Louis-Napoléon (r. 1852-70).


  • Title: Christ on the Sea of Galilee
  • Creator Lifespan: 1798/1863
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Date Created: 1854
  • Physical Dimensions: w73.3 x h59.8 x d14.605 cm
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1889, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Provenance: Sale [by the artist]; Beugniet [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Tabourier [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Troyon [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Viot Sale, Paris, May 25, 1886, no. 2; Levesque [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1889 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: France
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower right: Eug. Delacroix; [Date] Lower right: 54
  • ExhibitionHistory: The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890; Masterpieces 19th Century. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle. 1951; From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951; From El Greco to Pollock: Early and Late Works by European and American Artists. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1968; From Delacroix to Cézanne: French Watercolor Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century. Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. 1977-1978; Eugène Delacroix. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich; Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main. 1987-1988; Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1991; Delacroix: les dernières années. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. 1998-1999; Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000; Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. 2000-2002; A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004; Manet and the Sea. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam. 2003-2004; Déjà Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix. 2007-2008; 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011; Eugène Delacroix. Fundación "la Caixa", Barcelona; Fundación "la Caixa", Barcelona. 2011-2012
  • Artist: Eugène Delacroix

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