X-Ray Unveils Hidden Van Gogh

Portrait of peasant found behind 1887 painting
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2008 7:25 PM CDT
In this undated photo, a special x-ray device is used to detect a hidden portrait under the Vincent van Gogh painting ''Patch of Grass'' from 1887, center.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – European scientists today revealed a Van Gogh portrait of a peasant's head behind one of his paintings, LiveScience reports. Using a new X-ray technique, the researchers pulled out the portrait's brown and red pigments, which Van Gogh covered with Patch of Grass, 1887. The scientists, primarily from Belgium and the Netherlands, plan to uncover other hidden paintings with the new technique.