According to experts, a previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh (with pre-cut ears) was discovered.
The artwork shows a bearded sitter wearing a brim hat with a neckerchief loosely tied in the throat.
His left ear, which he famously cut off in 1888, is clearly visible.
The sketch, believed to have been hidden from sight for over a century, was unearthed after an X-ray of Van Gogh’s other work, the head of a peasant woman (1885), and was found behind the canvas. , Hidden by a layer of paperboard.
Van Gogh was known for reusing canvases to save money by rotating the canvas and working on the other side.
The extraordinary discoveries by the Scottish National Gallery are believed to be the first for British institutions.
It is believed to be from his early work and his first quest for self-portraits, which he later became known for.
The layers of paperboard and glue were thought to have been applied prior to the exhibition in the early 20th century.
Visitors to the next exhibition, ATaste for Impressionism, at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh will be able to see the sketches as x-ray images through a specially crafted lightbox.
It may be possible to separate the two parts, but the process of removing the glue and cardboard requires delicate preservation work. Studies are being conducted on how this can be done without damaging the female farmer’s head.
This discovery has been described as “thrilling” by Professor Frances Fowle, senior curator of French art at the Scottish National Gallery.
She was lining up outside the fish store when she received an unusual news text from a colleague.
She states: “Such moments are extremely rare.
“We have discovered the unknown work of Vincent van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world.
“It’s a great gift to Scotland and will continue to take care of the National Gallery forever.”
Leslie Stephenson, senior painting restorer at the National Museum of Art, said: “This is an important discovery because it adds what we already know about Van Gogh’s life.
“There’s a lot to think about the next step, but for us, getting a little closer to an incredible artist is another little nugget.
“It is incredibly important and important to know that it is in a painting at the Scottish National Gallery in a collection belonging to the Scottish people.”
The exhibition “Impressionist Taste” will start on July 30th and will continue until November 13th.