Hidden painting behind Picasso’s Woman Ironing revealed thanks to infrared cameras

According to art historians, behind the artwork of Picasso’s Woman Ironing, there is another painting hidden. Attempting to figure out what exactly is behind the painting could mean destroying the original, which of course is a big no-no. Well thanks to technology, the hidden painting has finally been revealed (pictured above) thanks to infrared imaging. This was done by John K. Delaney, the senior imaging scientist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, who used two infrared cameras – one hyper-spectral and one multi-spectral which helped to compose a detailed image of the hidden painting. The New York Times ran a story on the story behind the painting and even created an interactive picture in which users can “scratch” the surface to reveal the painting behind it. Pretty cool, huh?

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