Diagnosing the Dead

vincent-van-goghBeginning with Roger Fry’s elevation of Vincent van Gogh to secular sainthood, the Dutch painter first became a middlebrow, then a mass-market, martyr. For those who find the Real Thing (or their idea of Him) inconveniently demanding, van Gogh makes for a passable Jesus, right down to the suffering and resurrection.

Evidence of the latter is unavoidable.