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    Vincent Van Gogh Actually Severed Entire Ear, Gave It to Maid

    It’s worse than you heard. New research has fleshed out the artist’s famous act, finding that he cut off his entire ear — not just the lobe — and handed it to a brothel maid named Gabrielle, not a prostitute named Rachel as previously thought. The new evidence comes from a sketch by the physician who treated the wound, plus contemporary arrest and health records. The findings will be part of a new exhibit at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum about the painter’s struggle with mental illness.

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