artnet News | Sarah Cascone:
Over 100 years after his death, today’s medical professionals agree that Vincent van Gogh suffered from psychosis, but they still aren’t sure why, reports the New York Times. Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum is currently holding an exhibition on the topic, called “On the Verge of Insanity” (through September 25), and brought together 35 doctors, psychiatrists, and art historians around the world to examine the evidence.
“It’s difficult to make a diagnosis, so the real progress we’ve made is that specialists in the field are talking about it, and they’ve never done this before,” University of Amsterdam art history professor Louis van Tilborgh, who is a researcher at the museum, told the Times. He characterized the debate over the artist’s diagnosis as “fierce.”… Read more
Image: Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889). Courtesy the Courtauld Gallery, London