Biblical Metaphor in the Art of Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter of the nineteenth century, is considered by many as one of the most prominent artists in history. He is widely known for having cut off his ear in a depression that plagued his entire life, some speculating it was a result of his early years as a preacher among impoverished miners.
A deeply religious man, Van Gogh was known as "a great admirer of the Bible." According to scholar Judy Sund, Van Gogh often used biblical motifs in his work, and "was especially drawn to the parables" as reflected in his painting of “The Sower and the Sheaf” from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Sund also notes that Van Gogh saw parallels between his paintings and the parables—both used everyday contexts to communicate profound meaning.
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