Painting like crazy

Posted by: Lyra Pappin

vangoghScientific American is taking a look at mental illness as portrayed by artists in history.

I guess Britney shaving her head is our generation's version of Van Gogh chopping his ear off? Uh oh.

Original story: A Brief History of Mental Illness In Art
‘Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear’ was painted after Van Gogh began to suffer from serious mental illness, including psychotic episodes and delusions. The painting was directly motivated by a psychotic attack, during which Van Gogh chased and threatened Gauguin with a knife. Immediately following this episode, Van Gogh returned home, cut his ear off, and offered it to a prostitute as a gift... Read full story

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