The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has solved a riddle that's kept the art world guessing for decades. Whatever happened to the actual painting that's depicted in a working sketch housed at the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam?
Well, here's the answer, from halfway across the world: For almost 120 years, it's been hidden under another, well-known, painting — called "The Ravine" — by the Dutch artist.
An MFA conservator, Meta Chavannes, made the discovery and explains to WBUR's Sharon Brody exactly how it came about.
This program aired on August 4, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.