Hidden Van Gogh self-portrait discovered under ‘peasant woman’ painting

Conservators at the National Galleries of Scotland recently experienced quite a surprise after they X-rayed a painting by Vincent van Gogh. Hidden on the reverse side of the painting.Head of a Peasant Woman (opens in new tab),” which Van Gogh completed in 1885, was a previously unknown self-portrait of the Dutch painter staring back at them.

The hidden self-portrait had been obscured by layers of glue and cardboard that had been attached to the back of the canvas; museum officials suspect the materials were applied sometime during the early 20th century to help protect the artwork for an upcoming exhibition, National Galleries representatives said in a statement (opens in new tab).

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