Vincent van Gogh has a new ear
KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – Hello science fans, maybe you heard it through the grapevine that Vincent van Gogh has a new ear.
If you can’t believe your ears you’re not the only one. The Dutchman who painted Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters and many other treasures may be best remembered for cutting his ear off (though its rumored fellow painter and friend Paul Gauguin may have done the slashing during an argument).
No matter how you slice it, Vincent was down one ear when he died in 1890. So it’s a little eerie that German artist Diemut Strebe and scientists at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital decided to grow him a new left ear.
Using a 3-D printer and DNA from Vincent’s brother Theo’s great, great-grandson, Liuwe van Gogh, the lab rats grew a new ear that consists of 1/16th of the same genes and a “Y” chromosome (which is passed down the male lineage.)
The exhibit is now on display at the Center for Art and Media in southwest Germany but is earmarked to go on display in New York next year- so keep your ear to the ground.