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Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear

Waldemar Januszczak studies Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and discovers within the painting a startling secret.

Painted soon after he cut off his ear with a razor, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear is one of his most celebrated works. But how much do we really know about it?

In a far-ranging investigation, Waldemar Januszczak delves into the clues hidden in the painting. The result is a tale of geishas, brothels, bullfights, love affairs, suffering and a fiery relationship with Gauguin. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear has a powerful secret message, if you know what to look for.

28 minutes

Last on

Mon 7 Dec 2020 20:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, Hwv 56, Part II He Was Despised

  • 00:21

    Herbert Von Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra



Role Contributor
Presenter Waldemar Januszczak
Director Waldemar Januszczak
Production Company ZCZ Films