Title:
Historical Case: Portrait of a One-Eyed Man by Vincent Van Gogh
Authors:
J. Meulemans , I. Huskens and P. Piessens 3
Institutions:
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; 2Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Onze- Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Aalst, Aalst, Belgium
Keywords:
Neurofibromatosis type I; frontal sinus osteoma; frontal sinus mucocoele
Pages:
319 - 323
Abstract:
Historical Case: Portrait of a One-Eyed Man by Vincent Van Gogh. The post-impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Willem Van Gogh (1853-1890) painted the Portrait of a One-Eyed Man (1889) when he was admitted to the mental hospital of Saint Paul-de-Mausole. The portrait probably depicts one of Van Goghs fellow patients who was suffering from a left-sided upper eyelid ptosis. Neurofibromatosis type I with orbitotemporal involvement has been suggested as the underlying disease process. However, from an otorhinolaryngological point of view, alternative diagnoses are possible. In this paper, the entities of giant frontal sinus osteoma and giant frontal sinus mucocoele are discussed, as well as the operative procedures available at the end of the nineteenth century to treat these lesions.
Issue:
Vol. 10, 2014, 4th trimester


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Historical Case: Portrait of a One-Eyed Man by Vincent Van Gogh