There is something mysterious and enigmatic about paintings that disappear, or have been destroyed. Each one has a dark aspect, something evocative, something hidden. This one, had I known that it was a Rembrandt, and had I not known was stolen recently, is surprisingly unremarkable. Landscapes blend. Makes you wonder if there wasn’t something weird about the painting itself, and not merely what one can see.
Have there been too many spy thrillers written about art theft? I seem to remember that Rembrandt was an ambassador. That alone leaves open so many incredible possibilities you wonder why they worry their pretty heads about Da Vinci. I guess Rembrandt doesn’t rhyme.
Also, religion I guess is the only source of controversy that might have continuity down the centuries. Or…is it? 😉
Shockingly, this painting even has a religious theme– it being about the flight into Egypt.
Is that Sauron’s tower in the background, back before it went Eeeeevil?