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Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, 1888 (The National Gallery)

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, 1888 (The National Gallery)

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, 1888 (The National Gallery)

VINCENT Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' is staying at home, says the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, after deciding its version of the world-famous artwork is too fragile to travel.

An international team of specialists has concluded the 130-year-old painting is in a "stable but vulnerable" state.

While other versions are considered fit to fly - London's National Gallery is planning to send its painting on tour to Japan next year - there will be no more travel for the Amsterdam work. Its condition was revealed during a series of tests likened to a "full body scan" of a human patient.

Axel Rueger, director of the museum, said: "The layers of ground and paint are stable, but very sensitive to vibrations and changes in humidity and temperature.

"It is therefore important the painting is moved about as little as possible, and it is displayed in a stable climate. In order to avoid any risk whatsoever, 'Sunflowers' will no longer travel."

It is one of seven produced by Van Gogh in Arles, south-west France, in 1888-89.

Irish Independent