When Eamon Gibbons a self taught artist from Kilmessan was asked to paint a copy of the work, ‘ Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee’by the Dutch artist Rembrandt he decided to study pictures of the original before commencing the commission.
And in doing so he noticed something that inspired him into doing something unusual.
Gibbons told Meath Live, ‘I noticed that, as he had a habit of doing, Rembrandt painted himself into the picture and as a result I thought I would paint myself into my one!’
The painting shows Jesus in a boat on the sea of Galilee alongside the twelve apostles one of whom appears to be getting sick across the side of the boat, and Rembrandt has included his self portrait staring directly at the viewer.
In Eamon’s version, he places himself, grey beard and all, in the top left of the boat.
He explained, There’s nothing unusal in an artist painting another artists work, it is one of the ways you can teach yourself and I am a self taught painter.
‘I reckon Rembrandt invented the selfie long before smartphones were heard tell of, he has himself in nearly all of his paintings so if it was good enough for him it was good enough for me.’
The original, painted by the Dutch master in 1633, is currently missing as on the morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers broke into the museum and stole The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and 12 other works in what is considered to be the biggest art theft in U.S. history. The heist remains unsolved.
The two paintings are below with Eamon’s on the right