Size: 18x24
Release Date: September 2006

    Two thousand years ago, Caesarea was the second most important port in Herod's Israel. Sophisticated Roman construction techniques produced a system of concrete piers that welcomed ships from around the world. The port city was a marketplace for ideas as well as commercial products; it was one of the principal centers from which word of the new religion reached the world. 

    Today, all that remains of Caesarea is a handful of ruined wharfs where intrepid fishermen tie their boats and cast their rods. In my Caesarea painting, I decided to feature one such individual as a tribute to the long line of fishermen who played such a critical role in biblical history. 

    I worked on Caesarea at sunset, as the sun touched the wispy clouds with gold and painted the azure Mediterranean a rich cobalt blue. I worked at a frantic pace as I struggled to keep up with the setting sun. I think you'll note the broken colors and bold brush strokes that give plein air studies like this their energy and dramatic power. Caesarea may not be a vigorous port any longer, but I certainly attempted to make my Caesarea a vigorous painting. 

    -Thomas Kinkade

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