X-ray technology has revealed that a painting dismissed as the work of an unknown artist is actually by Vincent Van Gogh. “Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses,” which hangs in the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands, was examined and an underpainting of two wrestlers was revealed underneath the flowers. This allowed historians to confirm that the painting is by Van Gogh, the AP reports.
The painting was originally thought to be by Van Gogh, but it was dismissed from his catalogue in 2003 after doubts about its origins. It was thought to be too large, with the signature in the wrong corner. The painting was created during a period during which the artist lived with his brother in Paris, beginning in 1886. Letters from Van Gogh to his brother mention the painting of the wrestlers, which helped historians put the clues together.
This discovery follows last week’s revelation that a fresco by Leonardo da Vinci may have been found behind a false wall in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Researchers have drilled holes in an existing fresco on the false wall, and discovered an air pocket that may lead to da Vinci’s ““The Battle of Anghiari.”