Vincent van Gogh, A case of Mistaken Identity

The person in the photograph of a thirteen-year-old Van Gogh

What did the influential Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh actually look like? Popular culture and media have propagated the belief that there have been only two photographs of Vincent Van Gogh himself. If his written exchanges are to be believed, Vincent despised self-portrait photography. However, a recent breakthrough study in the journal Oud Holland suggests that there are not just two photographs of Vincent Van Gogh. There is just one.

So, what about the second photograph?

Listen to our latest podcast with Teio Meedendorp, Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, as he discusses the breakthrough discovery he made with his co-author Yves Vasseur, General Commissioner of Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture.

The article 'A case of Mistaken Identity', published in the journal Oud Holland, is freely accessible for a limited time.