beschizza — 2014-06-17T09:28:27-04:00 — #1
lemoutan — 2014-06-17T09:37:31-04:00 — #2
Did anyone investigate possibility that it might even have originally been "***your*** fellow subjects"?
sckinjctn — 2014-06-17T09:46:11-04:00 — #3
Who would described this as one of Picasso's most famous paintings? I certainly wouldn't.
kimmo — 2014-06-17T10:00:51-04:00 — #4
I'm more interested in whether it'd ever be possible to see the colours.
Now that'd be an impressive trick.
...Can anyone think of a use for this tech that doesn't fall under anthropology, IOW an application other than formalised navel-gazing?
(Not that the navel-gazing doesn't have its uses, but occasionally you might get the feeling some folks have lost sight of the whole point of being smart with science...)
spunkytws — 2014-06-17T10:21:52-04:00 — #5
It's interesting, but I'm not sure how much it really reveals. Picasso re-used a canvas, which wasn't unusual.
I'm more fascinated by the story of Millet's Angelus, which Salvador Dali was convinced was originally a funeral scene rather than a simple moment of prayer. An X-ray of the painting revealed a small coffin, suggesting Dali may have been right.
anthonyc — 2014-06-17T10:57:55-04:00 — #6
I'm not sure whether multispectral imaging can do that or not, but I do know people use x-ray fluorescence imaging to reconstruct color images of ancient artwork and inscriptions. Many pigments are (or were) made using heavy metals you can measure with x-rays, and chisels leave traces of metal in stone tablets.
jerwin — 2014-06-17T11:06:02-04:00 — #7
Well, what are we waiting for? Let's get the strippers and the solvents out, and dig a few test trenches-- see if we can't confirm our geophys results!
knackfloh — 2014-06-17T13:18:09-04:00 — #8
boundegar — 2014-06-17T13:43:32-04:00 — #9
They're trying to determine the subject of a Picasso? I guess it's easier than a Rothko... but not a lot easier.
imb — 2014-06-17T13:58:58-04:00 — #10
Do you have a link for the X-ray? It's fascinating contemplating why the child would be changed to potatoes.
spunkytws — 2014-06-17T14:08:11-04:00 — #11
Unfortunately I don't. There are several reports of it, and it's a story they love to tell at the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, but I can't find any pictures of the X-rayed version.
There's speculation that Millet changed the subject because a painting of a child's funeral wouldn't sell very well.
jerwin — 2014-06-17T14:33:27-04:00 — #12
This blogpost reproduces the X-ray, but it also implies that Dali was not interested in being an entirely "objective" art historian.
gilbertwham — 2014-06-17T17:11:40-04:00 — #13
You don't say.
beschizza — 2014-06-22T09:28:41-04:00 — #14
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