Gallery unearths Van Gogh self-portrait behind another painting

NEWNow you can listen to Fox News articles!

Experts of the National Gallery Scotland in Edinburgh found a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh, which they had not previously known, on the back of another painting they were viewing.

An unknown work was behind the “Head of a Peasant Woman”, painted by the artist in the winter of 1884-1885. The experts recognized the newly found work as a similarity Van Gogh. Although they are not sure when it was painted, they noticed that the self-portrait shows Van Gogh with both ears – the artist cut off his left ear in 1888.

“Moments like this are incredibly rare,” said Frances Fowl, senior curator at the National Gallery of Scotland. “We have discovered an unknown work by Vincent van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world. “

Fowle said the discovery was “exciting”.

WHO WAS MONA LISA IN REAL LIFE? THE HISTORY OF THE FAMOUS PAINTING BY LEONARDO DA VINCI

Senior restorer Leslie Stevenson examines the head of a peasant woman next to an x-ray of a hidden Van Gogh self-portrait.  A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh has been discovered behind another painting by the artist.  The National Gallery of Scotland said on Thursday that it was discovered on Van Gogh's back. "Head of a peasant woman" when experts took an x-ray of the canvas before the upcoming exhibition.  (Neil Hanna via AP)

Senior restorer Leslie Stevenson examines the head of a peasant woman next to an x-ray of a hidden Van Gogh self-portrait. A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh has been discovered behind another painting by the artist. The National Gallery of Scotland said on Thursday it was found on the back of Van Gogh’s “Peasant’s Head” when experts x-rayed the painting ahead of an upcoming exhibition. (Neil Hanna via AP)

Experts discovered the self-portrait when they used an X-ray of the painting “Head of a Peasant Woman” before it was to be included in the exhibition. They believe it has been covered in glue and cardboard for over a hundred years since it was framed in the early 20th century.

WHY IS PABLO PICASSO SO FAMOUS? A LOOK AT THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTIST OF THE 20TH CENTURY

It was common for Van Gogh to reuse canvases by turning them over and painting on the other side to cut costs.

Detail of the back of a peasant woman's head on June 19, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh has been discovered behind another painting by the artist.  The National Gallery of Scotland said on Thursday that it was discovered on Van Gogh's back. "Head of a peasant woman" when experts took an x-ray of the canvas before the upcoming exhibition.  (Neil Hanna via AP)

Detail of the back of a peasant woman’s head on June 19, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh has been discovered behind another painting by the artist. The National Gallery of Scotland said on Thursday it was found on the back of Van Gogh’s “Peasant’s Head” when experts x-rayed the painting ahead of an upcoming exhibition. (Neil Hanna via AP)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Now the experts need to remove the cardboard and glue to save the self-portrait without damaging the Peasant Woman’s Head.

Visitors will be able to see x-ray of a self-portrait in the Taste of Impressionism exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh from 30 July to 13 November.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.