Gluten-Free Hysteria Crystalized in New Digital Art Museum

A mysterious blog reimagines famous artworks as carb-free masterpieces.

d’après Johannes Vermeer

Over the last few years gluten, a protein found in wheat and many common grains, has been vilified as the cause of everything from weight gain to fatigue to acne. Last year, “gluten-free diet” popped up as one of the top 10 most-searched health terms on Google, and if you went by hyperbolic internet buzz alone, you’d wonder why the government hadn’t banned the stuff years ago. Gluten-free hysteria has become such a part of our cultural lexicon that it was even parodied on South Park. But now, for the first time, the fearsome gluten has gone high art with the creation of mysterious, anonymous blog Gluten Free Museum. The site’s enigmatic creator has painstakingly removed, via Photoshop, all traces of gluten from some of history’s greatest masterpieces. Grant Wood’s American Gothic loses its pitchfork, Vermeer’s The Milkmaid goes without her bread, and the impressionist pastoral wheat landscapes of Vincent van Gogh have been rendered barren. Currently the Gluten Free Museum contains only 20 works, each of which juxtaposes a before and after the great-gluten-rapture:

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