Van Gogh’s hidden self-portrait discovered under ‘Peasant Woman’ painting

Curators at the National Galleries of Scotland recently got quite a surprise after X-raying a painting by Vincent van Gogh. Hidden in the back 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 at her.

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

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