Van Gogh Code: Sacred Body Language
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"Give every man thine ear but few thy voice." Hamlet: 1.3
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The 'Van Gogh Code' is an aesthetic interpretation that contends Vincent Van Gogh did not sever his ear in a state of acute mental illness, as is commonly believed, so much as he created an evocative work of sacrificial body art out of a lucid intention to impart an intelligible artistic statement:

Namely, "Please hear what I am not saying."

More specifically, Van Gogh's deeply held Christian spiritual beliefs and close personal identification with the story of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane — together with the following related points of reference — show that an aesthetic interpretation of his physical wound as a desperate, last ditch effort to artistically communicate a spiritual message fits the known facts better than any other theory that proposes to explain why Vincent Van Gogh lost an ear.

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“With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to these people; yet even then they will not listen to me" 1 Corinthians 14:21

"right ear" :
http://goo.gl/ALo8cG

"left ear" :
http://goo.gl/hRx18f

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them listen.” Mark 4:9
https://youtu.be/I8imrh7J3oo

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Spiritual significance of Van Gogh's Gethsemane-inspired olive garden paintings:
http://goo.gl/fpxtgr

Gethsemane references in Van Gogh letters:
http://goo.gl/9cHKhh

Body Art: Insanity as Communication
http://goo.gl/qcNQTJ

The Sacrificial Aesthetic: Blood Rituals from Art to Murder
http://goo.gl/g6MezN

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