Happy 164th birthday to the man who is the personification of the "tortured artist."
Vincent Van Gogh was born on this day in 1853.
University of Michigan medical historian and PBS contributor Dr. Howard Markel joined Stateside to talk about some of the mysteries that still remain about this iconic artist. He started with the famous story of Van Gogh cutting off his own ear.
"Art historians, like any other kind of historians, love to read other people's mail and other people's documents," Markel said. "And recently, an art historian found evidence that only the earlobe was removed, while another doctor's note said that the entire ear was removed."
Now for another mystery surrounding the artist: how he died.
Listen to the full interview above to hear more about why Van Gogh remains so compelling after all these years.