A Six-Step Guide to Regrowing Van Gogh's Severed Ear

A living replica of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh's famously severed ear is displayed at Culture and Media Museum, ZKM, in Karlsruhe, Germany, on June 4 Producers Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

It’s the stuff of legend: Vincent van Gogh famously sliced off his ear and sent it to a prostitute. Or his ear was lopped off in a fight with his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin. Either way, the troubled painter lost a lobe—and it has now been regrown from living cells for an art installation in Germany.

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