Genetic Material Used To Grow Replica Of Van Gogh’s Ear

BERLIN (June 3, 2014) A replica of the ear of artist Vincent van Gogh that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material has gone on display at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The 19-century painter is said to have cut off his own left ear during a psychotic episode in 1888.

The replica ear consists of living cells grown from samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo, the museum said.

Lieuwe and Vincent van Gogh share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome that is passed down the male lineage, the museum said.

Artist Diemut Strebe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she wanted to combine art and science.

Strebe plans to display the ear next year in New York.

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