X-Ray Reveals Lost Van Gogh

A lost painting by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered under another Van Gogh at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

A conservator found the unknown work during a technical examination of Van Gogh's popular painting, "The Ravine."

X-rays revealed the piece beneath the piece, and its identity has been confirmed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

It appears Van Gogh completed the hidden painting in June 1889 during his stay at an asylum in Saint-Remy.

Later that year Van Gogh re-used the original canvas.

Correspondence reveals Van Gogh's brother Theo was late in sending new canvases to the artist, so Vincent Van Gogh had no choice but to recycle his work.

"The Ravine" is currently on view in the MFA's Impressionist Gallery.

This program aired on August 3, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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