HIDDEN PORTRAIT DISCOVERED BENEATH EARLY PICASSO MASTERPIECE

Hidden portrait discovered beneath early Picasso masterpiece

Picasso’s The Blue Room was among the first paintings produced during the legendary artist’s “blue period,” a multi-year span that saw him focus on somber works using mostly shades of blue. But this early work contains a fascinating mystery of its own: a hidden portrait of a man that art experts are hoping to identify. For five years, various galleries and institutions have banded together and worked to get a clearer look at the portrait hidden beneath Picaso’s 1901 painting. The Associated Press recently got a tour of the progress they’ve made so far. Infrared imagery reveals a bearded man in a jacket and bow tie resting his hand on the side of his face. Three rings are visible on his fingers, but conservators have been left scratching…

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