Who is GNAY? Invoking, at great time and expense, a Papal Freedom of Information Request (PFR), I was able to find this image in the Vatican library. It appears to be an early self-portrait of the master himself (GNAY not Christ) and it is even signed! Two questions: Was GNAY present when Gauguin painted his masterpiece in 1889 OR was he actually present at the crucifixion? Either way it is pretty strange, but since this painting was buried deep in the Vatican Vaults I’m leaning towards the latter. Only Dan Brown would know for sure.


January 12, 2016

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