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"Can only have been painted by a madman."

Words by Edvard Munch in tiny letters in the most famous version of "The Scream," The Art Newspaper reports. Can we be sure that the artist wrote these words? Mai Britt Guleng, the curator of Old Masters and modern paintings at the National Museum of Norway, says yes. First, the handwriting matches up to other samples of Munch's handwriting. Second, the writing is tiny: “Had this been an act of vandalism by another person, the size of the letters would probably have been larger and the whole tex...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Munch, Edvard Munch, Reuters, Don, Kiki, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Mai Britt Guleng, Guleng, The Scream, Destruction Of Art, National Museum of Norway


A 20-year-old man has ripped Picasso's "Bust of a Woman."

"Man charged over damage to £20m Picasso at Tate Modern/Bust of a Woman was reportedly ripped while gallery was open to public on Saturday" (The Guardian).Attacking artwork is a strange crime. Here's an article from last October in ArtNews, "What Makes Someone Attack a Work of Art? Here Are 9 of the Most Audacious Acts of Art Vandalism—and What Inspired Them." The reasons vary. There's objection to the work of art, that it's something that shouldn't be regarded as art (e.g, the simple modern Bar...
Tags: Art, Crime, Law, Rembrandt, Graffiti, Picasso, Barnett Newman, Ann Althouse, Insanity


"The Extraction of the Stone of Madness."

That's a painting by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1488–1516). I'm seeing it this morning because I'm hearing about a friend's surgery and thinking about how (and when) human beings got the idea that cutting (or drilling) into the interior of the human body might improve person's medical condition. You'd think the idea "first, do no harm" is so strong and obvious that no one would dare intrude into a living human body.The title of Bosch's painting suggests that the daring arises out of the belief that som...
Tags: Art, Law, France, Wikipedia, Surgery, Bad Science, Bosch, Skull, BCE, Hieronymus Bosch, Hippocrates, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Bart Huges, Joey Mellen


An excellent short film about outsider art and mental illness.

It's better to just start watching. It's only 40 minutes. But if you need some substance, here's "5 Things to Know About the Inspiring Outsider Art Documentary That Just Won an Oscar." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Movies, Law, Ann Althouse, Insanity



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