Hidden Painting Found Under Picasso’s Masterpiece The Blue Room

Scientists found a portrait of a bearded man underneath Picasso’s 1901 painting “The Blue Room.”

This is Pablo Picasso's painting “The Blue Room.” Created in 1901, the piece is one of the his first masterpieces. He painted the image in Paris, during his famous “blue period.”

This is Pablo Picasso's painting "The Blue Room." Created in 1901, the piece is one of the his first masterpieces. He painted the image in Paris, during his famous "blue period."

Picasso focused on painting only in shades of blue and blue-green during his blue period from 1900 to 1904.

AP Photo/The Phillips Collection

Scientists and experts from the Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University, and Delaware's Winterthur Museum have been studying the masterpiece since 2008, the Associated Press reported.

Scientists and experts from the Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University, and Delaware's Winterthur Museum have been studying the masterpiece since 2008, the Associated Press reported .

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

Back in 1954, conservators suspected that there might be another painting below the surface of The Blue Room, because the brushstrokes did not match the composition of the woman depicted in Picasso's studio.

Back in 1954, conservators suspected that there might be another painting below the surface of The Blue Room, because the brushstrokes did not match the composition of the woman depicted in Picasso's studio.

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

In the 1990s, an X-ray finally revealed a “fuzzy image” of something under the main image.

In the 1990s, an X-ray finally revealed a "fuzzy image" of something under the main image.

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci


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