New X-Ray reveals hidden painting from Van Gogh
Van Gogh was well known for painting over previous paintings, art lovers have always wanted to know what these previous painting may have looked like if they were ever preserved. Luckily with a new technology it has become possible to see old paintings in a new light (Literally). Scientists from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, along with University of Antwerp in Belgium, worked on Van Gogh’s 1887 Patch of Grass. A square area measuring 17.5 by 17.5 centimeters shows a women’s head looking slightly left. Owned now by the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands, the picture was subjected to a technique known as X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, which allows experts to map the chemicals on it.
Van Gogh did not intend to render lifelike portraits but rather meant to train his control over form, color and light effects; I wonder what Da Vinci had done earlier?