This famous Painting has a hidden meaning, can you find out what it is?

Vincent Van Gogh was one of the greatest post impressionist painters of all time. What’s amazing about the world’s most famous artist in history is the fact that he created more than 2100 pieces of art most of which were done in the last two years of his life. Among his works are famous masterpieces one of which stood out because of its curious theme.


Van Gogh’s Starry Night was considered a famous painting with a hidden meaning. It could well have proved that Van Gogh understood the concept of swirling clouds even before Hubble was born.

1 Could an interest in astronomy have triggered an insight into the painting?

Starry Night was painted in June 1889 just a year before Van Gogh tragically committed suicide. It depicted swirling stars in yellow painted against the blue background of the sky. A century and some odd years later, The Hubble space telescope revealed a similar pattern of swirling dust and gas clouds surrounding a distant star. The images bore an uncanny resemblance to Van Gogh’s Starry night.


The famous painting with its hidden meaning actually led to scientific studies of the parallels between the painting and the Hubble discovery. The fluid dynamics of Starry nights did not rule out the possibility of Van Gogh possessing knowledge about astronomy.

Starry Night painting

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2 Van Gogh’s painting was ahead of its time

Van Gogh’s incredible insight on turbulence may have well occurred during a stint in an asylum in France. In the study of fluid dynamics, turbulence describes the fluid flow of disorderly and violent eddies that form smaller swirling structures.

These in turn could go on to creating smaller eddies. Turbulence also applies to cloud formation as seen in the image. In his own one room cell with a mind bordering on insanity, Van Gogh reflected upon a mysterious phenomenon of nature.

Van Gogh’s painting

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3 Studies on various creations of art yielded no comparison

When scientists tried locating similar patterns in the art of other famous impressionists, they failed to find any resemblance. Van Gogh’s painting was unparalleled in its expertise and depiction of the Phenomena. Even ‘the scream’ by Edward Munch was a poor comparison.

Van Gogh’s famous painting with its hidden meaning seemed to have been way ahead of its time. One could well presume that in his fit of madness, Van Gogh discovered a sense of genius and insight into the future. Watch the video explaining the math behind Van Gogh’s Starry Nights.


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