Hidden Van Gogh Self-Portrait Found in Painting

The famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh was never commercially successful during his lifetime. So, like a lot of starving artists, he reused canvases, painting over them repeatedly. Nonetheless, art convervators at the National Galleries of Scotland were surprised to find a rather complete self-portrait hidden in Van Gogh’s 1885 work Head of a Peasant Woman.

The conservators x-rayed the painting in preparation for an upcoming exhibition on Van Gogh’s work. Most artists who reuse canvases paint over previous works. But in this case, Van Gogh’s self-portrait was painted on the back of Head of a Peasant Woman, then covered with layers of glue and cardboard.

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