Self-portrait with bandaged ear, January 1889

What is BandagedEar?

BandagedEar is an extensive online wall art gallery, community site and frame shop, where you can choose from among 1,000's of carefully selected art prints and posters, which are all backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Thanks to Facebook, we also offer free tools which will allow you to quickly and securely create an account with us, login, and comment in a social environment, allowing you to not only shop for the right piece of art, but also share your thoughts and experience with us and other members along the way.

Why the name "BandagedEar"?

The name of our site is a reference to a famous story about how Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh lost his ear. Self-portrait with bandaged ear, January 1889, seen here on the left, commemorates this event. Van Gogh's biographies claim that the artist cut off the lower part of his left ear lobe in a fit of lunacy. However, in 2009, the book "Van Gogh's Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence" by German historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans suggest that it's French artist Paul Gauguin who cut off van Gogh’s ear with a sword. This theory has been met with skepticism by the other experts. mascot

We chose the name because we are playful and had hopes it might catch the attention of other art aficionados.

Rating images

You can rate any artwork between 1 star (worst) and 5 stars (best). The more ratings you provide, the more you will learn about yourself and your friends.

Your Extended Artistic Personality

Your Extended Artistic Personality is calculated on the basis of the ratings you have provided. It is made of the following personalized sections: (1) Colors (2) Art styles (3) Themes & Subjects and (4) Artists. Here is a sample Extended Artistic Personality:

You will find your Extended Artistic Personality on your My Account page. If you are currently logged in, you will also find a link to your My Account page in the in the top right corner of each page.

ArtLike index

The ArtLike index is a number between 0 and 100 that reflects the similarity between two people. Here is an example:


The number between 0 and 100 is matched to one of 7 ranges, from "super low (0 - 9)" to "super high (70 - 100)". For example, an ArtLike of 44 indicates a high similarity:

Your artistic compatibility with Penelope is high.

(Confidence in this statistic is moderate. Rate more images to get better results.)

Click on any BandagedEar member's picture to discover what's your ArtLike with this person! You will find your friends' pictures on your My Account page. If you are currently logged in, you will also find a link to your My Account page in the in the top right corner of each page.

So sign up today for a free account and join us learning something new while having fun!


Framing at

Visit the frame shop by finding an art print you want to frame. Click the "Frame It" button located on right side of the art print product page. offers over 15 Million framing configurations to choose from. Options fall in 4 different categories: cropping, moulding, matting and glazing. Learn the basics in this blog post.

How to Choose Matting for Framed Art Prints? A mat serves a functional purpose because it separates the art print from the glazing. Most importantly, it makes the framed art print look amazing. This blog post explains the do's and don'ts of matting.

Choosing the Right Frame is another fun challenge. Wood or metal? Gold or black? You can choose from dozens of different frames, also known as "mouldings". Our recommendations can be summarized in 3 bullet points: match, coordinate and contrast. Learn more in this article that shows you how to choose the right frame.

Finally, this video shows you how to Hang a Framed Art Print. You will learn about the hardware used to hang the art print, how to hang the art print and specific details to take into consideration when choosing a location. Please check out our YouTube video for more information.

Most controversial & popular art

Wassily Kandinsky is the most controversial artist. Full ranking (text version).

The most liked artists are Renaissance painters Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Most popular paintings (text version).

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