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Hidden Van Gogh portrait discovered beneath painting

By T.K. Randall
July 14, 2022 · Comment icon 0 comments



The painting is a self-portrait of Van Gogh himself. Image Credit: Twitter / Van Gogh Museum
A never-before-seen self-portrait of the 19th-Century artist has been discovered using X-ray imaging.
One of the best known and influential artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh is behind many of the world's most recognizable paintings such as "Sunflowers" and "The Starry Night".

Now, though, the number of works attributed to the Dutch artist has increased by one thanks to the chance discovery of an entirely new painting hidden behind "Head of a Peasant Woman".

The find was made by experts at the National Galleries of Scotland when they X-rayed the canvass prior to putting the painting on display at an exhibition.

The hidden image was covered up by layers of glue and cardboard and appears to be a self-portrait of the artist that has never been seen before.
"When we saw the X-ray for the first time, of course we were hugely excited," said senior conservator Lesley Stevenson.

"This is a significant discovery because it adds to what we already know about Van Gogh's life."

Van Gogh, who suffered from severe depression leading to his suicide at the age of just 37, sadly never saw success during his lifetime but was only recognized after his death.

These days, many of his works are valued at tens of millions of dollars.



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