A unique collection exists in Cattolica. It now also includes the mysterious FRAGMENT no. 4, an original text written in Van Gogh's own hand, the deepest expression of his soul, which has already become a mystery worldwide. The most experienced Van Gogh scholars have been researching this manuscript for years, and in 2021 some international articles anticipated its details. Ariano new work of art named RITROGRAFIA No. 37 and titled “Van Gogh IN PIECES”, contains this FRAMENT No. 4, so important that it attracted the Undersecretary for Culture Vittorio Sgarbi to Cattolica on 20.12.2022.  


Here are the first details of FRAGMENT No. 4 discovered by Ariano and represented with hRITROGRAFIA No. 37:

  • Van Gogh's original text was written in 1876 in London, in Annie Slade-Jones' visitors' book.
  • It has been forgotten for almost 100 years.
  • It was chopped up and dismembered, in six pieces, by an unknown person in 1980, as if it were a relic.
  • It was sought for and partially found by the Getty Museum (n.3 pieces found, n.2 pieces unknown).
  • It disappeared for another 30 years.
  • It has just been rediscovered.
  • It was bought, in 2022, by the tenacious Ariano. 

The mystery deepens because, while researchers have determined that the poem written by Van Gogh, on the front of the FRAGMENT No. 4, is Longfellow's "Afternoon in February", no one knows, yet, what was written by Vincent on the back of it. Ariano read Van Gogh's entire epistolary exchange and then decided to unveil his findings through the composition of "RITROGRAFIE" (from “RITR-atto” & “Bi-OGRAFIA”). Ariano declares: 'I FEEL Vincent deeply and have created the nest that he always sought and never found. I put Van Gogh at the centre of my collection, giving him the presence of all those artists he would always have wanted near him.  Following the precise indications from Vincent's own letters, I decided to buy, for him, paintings, letters, autographs, and books hanging them on the walls in the same maniacal way that Vincent organised and exhibited his collections. In my collection there are, all original, three thousand books and eight hundred artists, including Longfellow, Delaroche, Gauguin, Gachet, Adam Victor, Abbey, Bernard, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Hirschig, Rodin, Breton, Duprè, Baudry, Bargue, Baudelaire, Beers, Berlioz, Bismarck, Blommers, Boch, De Bock, Boetzel, Boggs, Bosboom, Boussod, Brion, Cabanel, Cazin, Chevreul, Cormon, Cristobal, Cuyp, Dadd, Daubigny, Daumier,Dickens, Dorè, Dostoevsky, Signac, Seurat, Polack, Johanna Bonger, Pissarro, Cassagne, Carlyle, Dumas, Hugo, Delacroix, Esquiros, Fildes, Flammarion,  Giacomelli, Cassagne, Jouve A., Mann Livens, Florent, Rappard, Roelofs, Bakhuyzen, Bargue, Fantin-Latour, Goupil Adolphe, Goupil J. Adolphe, Greuze, De Groux, Harper, Harpignes, Heilbuth, Herkomer, Huijsmans C. Cornelis, Ingres, Isabey, Jeannin, Jourdain, Kam Benjamin Jan, Karr, Kate Ten, Katow, Kerssemakers, Lancon, Landelle, Lauzet, Leech, Lefebvre, Leighton, Lemonnier, Lerolle, Lessore H E, Liebermann, Loti, Luce, Macknight Dodge, Maaten, Macquoid, Madiol, Manet, Marchetti, Marieton, Maris Matthijs, Jacob, Masson, Maupassant, Maurier, Maus, Mauve, Mellery, Mesdag, Meunier, Michel, Millais, Millet, Mols, Montalba, Monticelli, Morelli, Munkácsy Mihály, Murger, Nadal, Nakken, Nash, Neuhuys, Nieweg, Nittis, Noel, Oberlander, Ohnet, Ollendorf, Ostade, Overend, Paillard, Parker, Parsons, Pasini, Pasteur, Paterson, Pelletan, Perret, Pieneman, Portaels, Poynter, Prevel, Quost, Raffaelli, Raffet, Raspail, read, Reinhart, Richepin, Ricord, Rink, Robert Karl, Roche Edmond, Roll, Rotta, Rowlandson, Rundle C. Elizabeth, Ruskin, Sainte Beuve, Sambourne, Sand, Sardou, Saulnier, Scheffer, Schelfhout, Schendel Petrus, Schipperus, Schotel J. Christianus, Schuffenecker, Schuler, Secrétan Pierre-Etienne, Serret, Serusier, Seurat, Severdonck, Siberdt, Silvestre A+T, Sims, Small, Smith, Ter Meulen, Stedman, Tennyson, Thackeray, Tholen, Tissot, Tolstoy, Toulouse Lautrec, Thornley, Thulstrup de Thure, Towneley, Tournemine, Trigt, Troyon, Uhde, Valenti, Valerio, Valkenburg, Vallette, Vautier, Velden, Verboeckhoven, Verlat, Vernier, Veron, Verschuur, Vertin, Veyrassat, Vignon, Vinck, Vitet, Vogue, Vollard, Vollon, Vriendt, Wagner, Wakker, Waldorp, Walker, Wallace, Warner, Weele, Weissenbruch, Wenckebach, Whistler, Whitman, Wijsmuller, Woodville, Yon, Zola, Ziem, ecc., ecc.., and other 500 artists !!!”.


On his path Ariano made some really important discoveries, stating that:

"The first of these discoveries concerns what Vittorio Sgarbi called:
THE LETTER WHICH ORIGINATED THE MYTH OF VAN GOGH", i.e. that of Camille Pissarro, Van Gogh's friend, dated 18 October 1890, published in multiple languages and until now thought to have disappeared. It is so important because, if the contents of the letter had come true, the world would not have Van Gogh today.

  • Another jewel in the crown is the original signature, the only in private hands, of the first true influencer in history, Johanna Van Gogh Bonger, who made Van Gogh famous.
  • In addition, through RITROGRAPHY No. 8, a detail, which has eluded critics for 133 years, was revealed about the painting 'STILL LIFE WITH A PLATE OF ONIONS' currently on display in Rome at Palazzo Bonaparte. VIDEO ARIANO DISCOVERY TWO BOOKS
  • The fourth discovery, represented by RITROGRAPH No. 12, is a proposal for the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and concerns the comparison of Van Gogh's 'Arlesienne with Gloves' with the painting 'WOMAN IN SPAIN' by Emile Ferdinand Polack, a friend of Van Gogh's, who on 16 June 1889 proposed this comparison: 'Il disait que c'était beau comme un des grands Espagnols'.


  • Another RITROGRAFIA concerns the family album of Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe.The most read book in history, after the Bible, is 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', written by Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe, published in 1852, translated into all languages and quoted in eleven letters by Van Gogh, 'Le plus grand succès du temps est celui d'un livre de femme, le roman de madame Stowe , traduit dans toutes les langues, et lu par toute la terre, devenu pour une race l'évangile de la liberté'. Ariano found a very rare 1851 copy, intended just for publishers, the year before the first edition in 1852, together with the original family album, enriched with original photos, poems and thoughts signed by the entire Stowe family. The album is so important because Vincent wrote in letter no. 764 of 1889: 'I have reread Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom very carefully precisely because it is a woman's book, written, she says, while she was making soup for her children [...]'. The circumstances under which Beecher Stowe wrote her book are described as follows: "Some of the chapters were written in my study at the College [...] some of them on the cooker in the kitchen, as she directed a very poor cook in the preparation of dinner; but most of them while sat at the table in the schoolroom, with the children around her, and read to them as each chapter was completed, amidst their tears and sobs, and smiles and cries."

There is nothing like it in the world; in fact, if you want to see Van Gogh's paintings, you have to go to Amsterdam or Otterlo, but if you want to intimately know Vincent's education through the paintings, letters and books of the artists he loved and emulated, you absolutely have to study the RITROGRAFIE in the VAN GOGH FRIENDS collection. Everyone thinks Van Gogh was a painter. In reality he was a great poet and was so, for all of his 37 years. Only in the last 10 did he devote himself to painting, and even then, he confirmed himself as a poet, replacing words & verses with colours dosed and etched on canvas with a sensitivity never before seen in Art.


My name is Franco Ariano, I live in Italy and I love Vincent van Gogh. In the last 6 years I have read all his letters and I have made 16 discoveries on Vincent’s life. So I have decided to bring about Vincent's dream, which was to build a community of FRIENDS, the VANGOGHFRIENDS.COM. Do you know who the first CROWDFUNDER in history was? It was Vincent, who wanted, more than anything, to share his own home and costs with artists and FRIENDS.

I bought the land to house Vincent’s nest and the project has already been approved.

The Van Gogh Friends Museum is located in central Italy, between Cattolica and Tavullia, near Urbino and Gradara. But now Vincent and I need your support:

  • A) To BUILD this unique Museum: the VAN GOGH FRIENDS MUSEUM.
  • B) And to FIND the whereabouts of the 2 missing fragments of the chopped 1876 original text.

With a contribution of your choice, in return:

you can become Vincent's FRIEND and founder of the VAN GOGH FRIENDS MUSEUM;

you will write your name in the history of art;

you will get a metal plaque with your name on it, forever attached to the wall of the Museum;

you can enter the Museum free forever;

you will be a FRIEND for life of Vincent;

for the first time ever, you can really TOUCH Vincent. Wearing gloves you can feel a magical joy;

you could pass these BENEFITS down to your grandchildren.

Vincent had always asked for ACTION, in fact he wrote :

“I regard love, as I do FRIENDSHIP, not only as a feeling but chiefly as an ACTION”!



Together we can realise Vincent’s dream.

I promise WE will do it IN ONE YEAR.



Franco Ariano



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