Picasso's 'The Blue Room' and the hidden secret

Jun 19, 2014, 13:54 PM IST
This handout image provided by The Phillips Collection shows Picasso’s The Blue Room, painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.
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This handout image provided by The Phillips Collection shows Picasso’s The Blue Room, painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.

'The Blue Room', one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces at The Phillips Collection, in Washington.
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'The Blue Room', one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces at The Phillips Collection, in Washington.

'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits in a vertical orientation in front of an infared camera at The Phillips Collection, in Washington.
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'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits in a vertical orientation in front of an infared camera at The Phillips Collection, in Washington.

This undated handout image provided by The Phillips Collection shows an infrared image of Pablo Picasso’s 'The Blue Room,' painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.
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This undated handout image provided by The Phillips Collection shows an infrared image of Pablo Picasso’s 'The Blue Room,' painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.

This undated handout image provided by The Phillips Collection shows an infrared image of Pablo Picasso’s 'The Blue Room,' painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.
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This undated handout image provided by The Phillips Collection shows an infrared image of Pablo Picasso’s 'The Blue Room,' painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.

'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.
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'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.

Patricia Favero, associate conservator at The Phillips Collection, points to an image of a man found underneath one of Picasso's first masterpieces, 'The Blue Room', in Washington.
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Patricia Favero, associate conservator at The Phillips Collection, points to an image of a man found underneath one of Picasso's first masterpieces, 'The Blue Room', in Washington.

'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.
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'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.

Patricia Favero, associate conservator at The Phillips Collection, sets up an infared camera to view an image of a man found underneath one of Picasso's first masterpieces, 'The Blue Room', in Washington.
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Patricia Favero, associate conservator at The Phillips Collection, sets up an infared camera to view an image of a man found underneath one of Picasso's first masterpieces, 'The Blue Room', in Washington.

'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.
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'The Blue Room,' one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting.