Hidden painting of mystery man found underneath Picasso's 'The Blue Room'

Hidden painting of mystery man found underneath Picasso's 'The Blue Room'
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Art experts and conservators are on a mission to find out more about a painting discovered underneath Pablo Picasso's 1901 masterpiece "The Blue Room."

Curators and conservators tell The Associated Press that it took infrared imagery to see the painting of a bearded man wearing a bow tie with his face resting in his hand. Picasso often would paint on top of other pieces, because "he could not afford to acquire new canvasses every time he had an idea that he wanted to pursue," curator Susan Behrends Frank told the AP. "He worked sometimes on cardboard because canvas was much more expensive."

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