Hidden Van Gogh Self-Portrait Discovered Under Other Artwork

Hidden Van Gogh Self-Portrait Discovered Under Other Artwork

Senior Conservator Leslie Stephenson sees the painting with a hidden van Gogh self-portrait X-ray image (Photo: Neil Hanna / Scottish National Gallery)

Preparing for exhibition Impressionist tasteThe restorationists at the Scottish National Gallery turned to X-rays, a standard technique in the art world. X-rays are used to look underneath layers and frames. Vincent van Gogh’s ” Peasant female head, The X-ray machine revealed something amazing. On the back of the canvas, underneath the layers of glue and paperboard, was a ghostly self-portrait by a legendary artist.

The Dutch painter Van Gogh is best known for his works such as: Night when the stars shineHowever, his gloomy self-portrait has also received a lot of attention. People are fascinated by the artists who eventually cut off their ears. Among the more than 2,100 artworks he created was a simple portrait of a peasant woman. Painted in 1885, shortly before the artist moved from his hometown to the art world of Paris, the painting depicts a slightly moody young woman in a voluminous white hat.

X-rays showed images of artists with hats, kerchiefs, and ears. Van Gogh was known for reusing canvas by turning it over and painting it on the back.The museum believes the self-portrait was painted later Peasant female head While the artist lived during the Impressionists in Paris. At that time, his work became more colorful and expressive. Some other self-portraits on the back of his other works date back to that era. The self-portrait was probably covered with a layer of glued paperboard in the early 20th century. Paperboard removal is a very delicate process and experts are currently looking at how it will be done. For now, museum visitors can enjoy x-ray images in the lightbox next to the “original” painting.

Parents of the Scottish National Gallery have discovered a hidden self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh.

Hidden Van Gogh self-portrait

An X-ray photograph showing a self-portrait. (Photo: Scottish National Gallery)

Routine x-ray examination revealed a phantom sketch underneath the paste and cardboard layers on the back of the canvas.

Peasant female head

Vincent van Gogh, the head of a peasant woman, 1885. (Photo: Scottish National Gallery)

Learn more about this fascinating discovery below.

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