As an artist that paints on canvas, I know firsthand what it’s like to start working on a piece of art and midway through change the direction of the artwork. It could be that I was tired of the subject and it didn’t inspire me anymore or another idea came to mind. In any case I start to paint over the old piece of art to create a new piece. Well, how about discovering new pieces of art underneath paintings from the Masters of art like Picasso or Da Vinci. Cool, right?
This story explains just how this is done. From the article:
One of Picasso’s most distinctive pieces from his Blue Period, “Le Gourmet,” depicts a child scraping his bowl for the last morsels of food. But underneath the azures and cobalts on the canvas, there’s a hidden portrait—of a veiled woman gazing serenely out into the distance. This hidden portrait, which Picasso worked on before his Blue Period, uses bolder dabs of white paint and may contain other unknown pigments.
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Harmony Huskinson for National Geographic