Secret Painting Found Beneath Picasso’s Early Masterpiece – 17 June 2014

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A portrait of a mystery bow-tied man beneath Picasso’s The Blue Room painting has been discovered with infrared imagery. Scientists have long suspected the canvas’s surface might be hiding something and now wonder if it is the artist’s own earlier work.

An unknown man with bearded face resting on his hand with three rings on his fingers, wearing a jacket and a bow-tie was discovered under Pablo Picasso’s The Blue Room masterpiece. Dated 1901, the painting was created in Paris, while Picasso was at the start of his distinctive blue period of melancholy subjects.

The under-portrait might be the artist’s own earlier work.

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