17th c. Hidden Pig: Restorer finds painted-over swine with connections

  • August 31, 2009 18:12

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -  Chicago art conservator Barry Bauman discovered a hidden image of a butchered pig in a 17th century Dutch painting from the collection of Michigan's Calvin College. While he cleaned "Barn Interior" by Egbert van der Poel (1621-1664), the scene of a woman and two children brightened and also revealed the gruesome picture of the piggy strung upside down from a ladder. A patron may have had the piggy painted over. The discovery led to another find: Barn Interior's "pendant," or companion painting, hangs in the Rijksmuseum.

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