Art restorers discover van Gogh self-portrait hidden behind painting in Scotland

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A hidden self-portrait of Van Gogh discovered at the Scottish Gallery

A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, hidden away for more than a century, has been discovered by art restorers at the National Galleries of Scotland. The National Galleries said on July 14 that the mysterious image was revealed by an X-ray taken when restorers examined Van Gogh’s Peasant Head ahead of an upcoming exhibition. The self-portrait was on the back of the canvas, covered in layers of glue and cardboard, the galleries said. Experts believe it is possible to uncover the hidden portrait, but said the process of removing the glue and cardboard will require delicate conservation work. According to the National Galleries, Van Gogh often reused canvases to save money, turning the canvas over and working upside down rather than painting earlier. works. Professor Frances Fowle, Senior Curator of French Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, said: ‘Moments like this are incredibly rare. We discovered an unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world. What an incredible gift for Scotland, and one that will forever remain in the custody of the National Galleries. “We are very pleased to share this exciting discovery in our major summer exhibition, A Taste For Impressionism, where the x-ray self-portrait image will be visible to all,” she said. Credit: National Galleries Scotland via Storyful

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