The comprehensive rendering of the arena, the figures’ diverse expressions, the fairly polished brushwork, as well as the brilliant coloring are actually characteristic of Rembrandt’s premature style. Eighteenth-century critics as Arnold Houbraken usually preferred this earlier period to Rembrandt’s later on, broader, along with less descriptive manner.
The biblical arena pitches nature against man frailty? both spiritual and physical. Nature ‘s upheaval is actually both metaphor and cause for the terror which grips the disciples, magnifying the psychological turbulence and hence the image ‘s significant influence.