July 30, 2008
Portrait Found Under Van Gogh’s ‘Patch’
European scientists reportedly have used new technology to reconstruct a portrait of a peasant woman Vincent Van Gogh painted then covered with another work.
The Los Angeles Times said scientists used synchrotron X-rays from a particle accelerator to determine what the original painting looked like before Van Gogh covered it up with his landscape Patch of Grass 2 1/2 years later in 1887.
Art experts estimate about one-third of Van Gogh's early works hide other paintings since he frequently recycle his canvases, the newspaper said.