A bit of Van Gogh news

Art experts have changed their minds about a famous Van Gogh self-portrait on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They’ve decided it’s actually not a self-portrait; it’s a portrait of Vincent’s brother Theo. According to this article, a head researcher at the museum discovered this by looking more closely at the roundness of the subject’s ears and the color of his beard.

That’s cool. Self-portrait, regular portrait, either way works for me. In any event, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is one of my favorite museums. I highly recommend stopping by if you have free time there. It's chock full of Van Gogh’s paintings, including a lot of his most famous. The permanent collection has more than 200 paintings, plus there’s always a special exhibition going on.

There are two reasons I like the museum. For one, it’s really a special thing to see his paintings in person. We’ve all seen reprints on wall posters, books, calendars, greeting cards and t-shirts, but it’s a whole different ballgame seeing these Van Gogh paintings in person. The texture of the paint is amazing, the way the thick brush strokes come off the canvas. Very three-dimensional. It’s fun to stare at them.

Also, seeing so many of his works really uncovers a whole new Van Gogh you never knew about. His famous paintings are just the tip of the iceberg, only a small window into what he could do. Here you get to see all kinds of paintings, drawings and sketches. It makes you realize there was much more to Van Gogh than "Starry Night".

So there you go. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam gets my enthusiastic recommendation. I suggest you go there.

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