Art in Print

Scanning technique reveals mysterious face hidden behind Degas’ Portrait of a Woman 

Thanks to X-ray fluorescence, scientists at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne have detected a mysterious face that lay hidden beneath Degas’ Portrait of a Woman for 140 years. 


The image bears great resemblance to Emma Dobigny, a French model who was popular not only with Degas but also with other French artists. Dark haired and fair-skinned, she looks down to her left, in the opposite direction to the later, overlaid portrait. 


“When I first saw the scan I was over the moon, it was very exciting,” said Daryl Howard at the Australian Synchrotron in Victoria. “At the time I considered it to be one of the most exciting times in my scientific career.” 


Via The Guardian 


Jerwood Drawing Prize announces shortlist 

Jerwood Drawing Prize, the world’s largest and longest running drawing competition, has announced its shortlist for £8,000 prize. 


An expert panel has shortlisted pieces from 55 artists after receiving 2,357 submissions, including digital and moving images which feature alongside traditional hand-made creations. 


Winners will be announced on September 13 with the shortlisted entries going on display at the Jerwood Space in Bankside, Southwark. 


Via The Evening Standard

London’s Design Museum launches ‘Adopt an Object’ campaign 

London’s Design Museum has launched a new fundraising campaign asking the public to adopt an object from the museum for £5. In return, donors will receive a personalized thank you film showing their object transported to Kensington High Street, the museum’s new home.    


Alongside the Adopt an Object campaign, the museum will appear at a number of famous London locations as a pop-up exhibition until the new venue opens on November 24.


The closing of the Shad Thames venue is a significant moment for the museum, which was opened by Sir Terence Conran and Stephen Bayley in 1989, transforming it from its previous life as a banana ripening warehouse.


Via The Evening Standard