The earliest known photograph of Vincent van Gogh is not actually Vincent van Gogh

Above, Theo van Gogh, aged 13. Below, Vincent van Gogh, aged 19.

The photograph that for fifty years has appeared in a myriad of books, encyclopedias and catalogues billed as the earliest known photo of Vincent Van Gogh is not actually him.

Last November, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam revealed the boy in the famous portrait is not a 13-year-old Vincent but his brother, 15-year-old Theo.

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