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X-rays reveal someone else's painting under Picasso masterpiece

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Pablo Picasso painted over another artist's painting to create one of his so-called Blue Period masterpieces, scientists who studied the artwork with X-ray technology announced at a conference in Austin, Tx.

A research team from Northwestern University, the Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., said a landscape lies hidden beneath La Miséreuse Accroupie -- called The Crouching Woman in English.

The landscape painting, likely done by a student, lies 90 degrees to the vertical painting Picasso completed in 1902. Researchers already knew about an underlying landscape in another Picasso painting and had observed contrasting, underlying color peaking through cracks in the final painting.

They used X-ray radiography to discover the original painting, which revealed that Picasso used some of the original painting's composition in his final work.

"Picasso incorporated the lines of the cliff edges into the woman's back, for example," a news release from the team said.


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