Now, there’s nothing wrong with an art history degree; I love art history”
This from a man with a degree in political science…
Meanwhile in real art history, we have big news, the rediscovery of the painting “Sunset at Montmajour” by Van Gogh. The painting was considered a fake. It was stored in an attic in a private collection, and dismissed by art historians.
Research is much more advanced today, and The Van Gogh Museum declared the work a genuine Van Gogh, calling it a major discovery. There is topographical information, plus a number of other factors that were used to help to establish authenticity. Interestingly, Van Gogh referred to the painting in his letters and declared it unsuccessful.
Until 1901, the painting was in the collection of Van Gogh’s brother. His widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, sold it to a Paris art dealer. In 1908, the art dealer sold it to a Norwegian collector. Shortly after that it was declared a fake. The Norwegian collector moved it to his attic.
Interesting as art history, but probably not something that would get one a job!