Vincent Van Gogh exhibition in Rome shows famous self-portrait in a new light

A famous self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh is exhibited outside its country of origin for the first time since its restoration.

In 2020, a yellow varnish was removed from the board which had toned down its original colors.

Today the painting, along with 49 others by the Dutch painter, can be seen for a limited time in Rome in the Palazzo Bonaparte, a 17th-century mansion that once housed Napoleon’s mother.

“We try…to tell the story of Van Gogh in its entirety, starting with the first works he made in 1881. That’s when he decided he wanted to be a painter , that he realized it was his calling and started working.” declared Francesca Villanti, the curator of the exhibition.

Besides his famous self-portrait, the exhibition will include ‘Le Soeur’ (June 1888), ‘Le Jardin de l’Hôpital de Saint-Rémy’ (1889), ‘Le Ravin’ (1889) and ‘Le Vieux Homme Triste’ (1890 ) – – painted two months before Van Gogh’s suicide.

The works are on loan from the prestigious Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo, which has the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world,

The museum was responsible for restoring the self-portrait.

Van Gogh was born in 1853 and only painted for a short time between 1881 and 1890.

The exhibit comes just months after the 170th anniversary of his birth on March 30. It will last until March 26.

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