In order of the rediscovered Van Gogh that was announced earlier this week, I thought I might include this fun historical tid bit.  Hugh Troy was a painter who was better known for his practical jokes than his art.  Apparently during the 1935 exhibition of Van Gogh’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Troy decided to demonstrate that the crowd was far more interested in the scandal surrounding Van Gogh than his works.  To prove his point, Troy snuck his own exhibit into the show: a mound of corned beef moulded into the shape of an ear, with a plaque identifying it as the ear Van Gogh cut off in 1888.  Legend has it that it was the star attraction of the exhibition until the museum had it removed.

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