7 thoughts on “Scanning technology reveals what’s under a Picasso painting

  1. Gwen Fiorillo

    This is very interesting. It’s a very interesting technique to use an already existing painting and transform it into something else. It reminds me of a game I used to play with my mom where we would draw 5 lines on any way on a piece of paper and the other would make a picture out of it. It makes you curious how many famous paintings were once something else.

  2. Sarai David

    I was so excited when this article popped up on my news feed a couple weeks ago. These techniques are part of the reason I became interested in art history. Whenever I hear stories about paintings being covered up, I always wonder why the artist chose to paint over a particular piece that they’ve already created. I look forward to other discoveries that are made as technology improves.

  3. Pratima Kandel

    This is brilliant!! I am really glad with the new innovation of technology that allows us to discover further more about the history and arts.

  4. Beth Bayless

    This is such a great use of new technology and i can’t wait to see what is under other paintings. This also provides some look into the process in which Picasso painted. Really cool find!

  5. Lucy Bondje

    This is a very interesting technique. I never really thought you could have an artwork already painted but form it into something else. I feel like tattoo artists utilize this technique when trying to form new art on an artwork already established on their body. The fact that major artists do this as well makes it very clear to the person viewing it that they had some type of inspiration to create their own form of art.

  6. Caroline Thompson

    This new technology is basically a door that has been opened to many more discoveries ahead. The fact that they can x-ray a painting and determine when it was dated is amazing. Also, the fact that the x-ray fluorescence system is cheaper making it cheaper for galleries to use is even more astounding. I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out secrets about artists and the past through this system.

  7. Hunter Stephens

    interesting that x-ray technologies are showing how a canvas is really not blank sometimes…. I wonder how many other artists have followed this same trait…??


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