03:08 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 06/17/2014 01:00PM
Scientists and art experts finally know what's beneath one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, "The Blue Room," using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand.
Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he?
Originally posted 07/19/2013 07:30PM
It may be a case of art to ashes – and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings – including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet – contains paint, canvas and nails.
The finding is evidence that Olga Dogaru may have been telling the truth when she claimed to have burned the paintings, which were taken from a Dutch museum last year in a daring daylight heist.
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