Best of 2016 // #99: Portrait of the other Woman

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Portrait of a woman Degas

Using a particle accelerator, Australian researchers discovered a second, very different face hidden underneath a famous work of art.

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Portrait of a woman Degas

Researchers threw high-energy X-rays at “Portrait of a Woman”, a 19th-century classic by French painter Edgar Degas.  The X-rays caused elements in hidden pigments to light up.  When researchers matched the wavelength of the lit-up particles to pigments that were used at the time, a mysterious face appeared.  The face is believed to belong to Emma Dobigny, a professional model of the age, well-known and popular with painters.

Portrait of a woman Degas

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