Van Gogh's new self-portrait was found behind his artwork

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An art conservator found the existence of Vincent Van Gogh's self-portrait hidden behind another of his works. As we might know, there are only 36 of Van Gogh’s self-portraits in this world, so this discovery is indeed surprising news for the art industry.

The National Galleries was preparing the 1885 painting "Head of a Peasant Woman", which is part of a series of portraits that van Gogh painted in Nuenen, for an exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy. 

With the help of x-rays, they noticed that there was another image on the back. The canvas shows a painting of a bearded man in a hat with a handkerchief loosely tied around his neck. His gaze was sharp, and the right side of his face was blurred by shadows.

The National Galleries of Scotland confirmed they will remove the cardboard after “Head of a Peasant Woman” is displayed and reveal the self-portrait to the public in 2023.

Written by: Fergie Virgiyana
  • Posted at Friday, 22 Jul 2022
  • Category ART & CRAFT
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