Artist Teams Up With Hospital To Grow Living Model of Vincent Van Gogh’s Lost Ear



You can speak into it, too. Seriously.

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh’s ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist’s living relatives.

The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo.

Using a 3D-printer, the cells were shaped to resemble the ear that Vincent van Gogh is said to have cut off during a psychotic episode in 1888.

“I use science basically like a type of brush, like Vincent used paint,” Strebe told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The U.S.-based artist said the ear, which was grown at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is being kept alive inside a case containing a nourishing liquid and could theoretically last for years.

Convincing Lieuwe van Gogh to take part was easy. “He loved the project right away,” said Strebe.

via Art Imitates Life: Replica of Van Gogh’s Ear Created From Live Cells – NBC

10 Comments on "Artist Teams Up With Hospital To Grow Living Model of Vincent Van Gogh’s Lost Ear"

  1. Ick.

  2. I want to know how they claim to know it looks like Van Goghs ear. Just becuase they used a ancestor of his DNA doesnt necessarily mean it looks like his ear. Does someone really still have his ear to compair it to? If so, how is it not a shriveled dried up piece of flesh that hardly even resembles his ear when it was actually attached?

    • Oginikwe | Jun 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm |

      I want to know why anyone would want to do this. Someone has too much time on their hands . . .

      • I agree lol who funded this study I feel like they wasted their money.

        • It wasn’t a study, it was an art project, and it probably didn’t cost all that much to do.

          • I should have said experiment not study so lets no focus on semantics here and yes it absolutely was a science experiment. The art aspect is because they labeled it as some famous artists ear, which it only contains 1/16th of his Genetics so its far from that was well.

          • Yeah, I never said it was good art.

      • Number1Framer | Jun 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm |

        I don’t think it was these people, but here’s some more for you:

  3. Rhoid Rager | Jun 5, 2014 at 8:55 am |

    Can you hear me now Vincent????

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