The painting "" Portrait of an old man in military costume ", painted by Dutch artist Rembrandt is in the Getty Museum (J. Paul Getty Museum) in Los Angeles. Scientists have noticed that the painting is a portrait of the other tracks, hiding behind the surface of the ground. Initially, the researchers tested the picture using infrared, neutron and X-ray conventional methods. But they could not see what is behind the main layer as Rembrandt used a paint with the same chemical composition.
A new method of complex radiographic technology is likely to allow you to see the mysterious image that is at the core.
Alföldi Matthias (Matthias Alfeld) from the University of Antwerp, said: "Our results demonstrate the possibility of how to reveal the hidden picture. Compared with other methods, the macroscopic X-ray fluorescence analysis — the best method that allows us to consider the original painting "
To test the method, and in order to avoid damage to the original copy of the work was created, which closely mimic the chemical composition of the original. Tested on a copy of the new method, the researchers came to the conclusion that he can view a picture of some detail.
"The successful completion of preliminary studies on the painting-up is quite an important step. The results of these studies are designed to develop the best way for a forthcoming study of paintings by Rembrandt "
Work that interested scientists, was written by the artist in 1630-1631 gg. It is known that the artist often used canvases again. The new method may be useful for the study of various works of the author.