MYTH OR REALITY IN “STARRY NIGHT” (1889). DID VINCENT VAN GOGH PAINT HIS MORBUS LOCI? WHIRLPOOL GALAXY, HIPPOCAMPAL FORMATION OR JUST A PAINTBRUSH MOVE ?
MYTH OR REALITY IN “ STARRY NIGHT” (1889). DID VINCENT VAN GOGH PAINT HIS MORBUS LOCI ? WHIRLPOOL GALAXY, HIPPOCAMPAL FORMATION OR JUST A PAINTBRUSH MOVE ?
(Abstract): Vincent Van Gogh’s entire career has been marked
by a variety of colors, which have undergone numerous changes: from gray to vivid colors. This is due to the multiple affections that the author acquires over the course of his life and the treatments adjacent to his affections. A special feature of his artistic life is
tripartite no c-turnal series during the time the artist was admitte
d to the Saint Paul Asylum. Nowadays this series of paintings are known around the world and listed at exorbitant prices. Much of
the paintings made by the artist in the second half of his life have a common element about a representative geometric model, a brush motion. Long after the artist’s death, art critics, do c-tors and ordinary viewers have associated this geometric model with the anatomy of the hip-pocampus. The previous idea was recently exposed by a group of authors in the article: Neu-roanatomic In
terpretation of the Painting Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.
Our opinion a f-ter lengthy analyzes of the artist’s biography is that he did not have neuroanatomic knowledge and therefore the theory that Vincent Van Gogh painted his morbus loci cannot be sus
tained. A more likely explanation is that this brush movement (amplified by the pathology suffered by the painter) perfectly corresponds to astronomical elements discovered at that time,
Whirlpool Galaxy described and drawn first by Sir William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800 -1867) in 1845. Conclusions: The details given by Van Gogh in the sky of Saint Remy are his visions as a painter and are unrelated to the anatomical structure of the hippo-campus.
Keywords: VAN GOGH, TRIPARTITE NOCTURNE SERIES,
STARRY NIGHT, HIPPOCAMPUS, TEMPORAL LOBE, EPILEPSY, WHIRPOOL GALAXY.
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