Almost every well-known piece of art has a mystery behind it, a unique story that we want to reveal. Even the masterpieces that everyone knows about have their own secrets. And we only know about the secret meaning of these paintings, thanks to technology.
We want to invite you on a trip to this amazing world created by artists, to find out about the secrets that these famous paintings are hiding.
The girl in Francisco Goya’s The Clothed Maja is actually naked.
Francisco Goya’s The Clothed Maja and The Nude Maja, 1795, 1800
There are 2 versions of this painting. The first one was The Nude Maja. The painting is famous for being one of the earliest pieces of western art that depicted a woman without clothes, but wasn’t about mythology. But in 1808, the painting was found by the Spanish inquisitions and Goya was charged with being immoral.
The second painting is The Clothed Maja. Both paintings belonged to the minister of Spain, Manuel Godoy, a famous ladies’ man. The thing was that The Nude Maja was hidden under The Clothed Maja so that she could have been seen at any moment using a special mechanism.
Degas decided to replace one portrait of a woman with another.
Edgar Degas’ Portrait of a Woman, 1896
Scientists discovered a hidden portrait by the French artist Edgar Degas. Researchers from Australia used powerful X-ray machines to see the face of a young woman hidden under Portrait of a Woman. They think the woman is Emma Dobigny who is found in other Degas paintings.