On Friday (Nov 10th), researchers found a small grasshopper stuck in the paint of Van Gogh’s ‘Olive Trees’ painting.
“Olive Trees is a beloved painting at the Nelson-Atkins [museum], and this scientific study only adds to our understanding of its richness,” the museum said in a press release.
In a statement, paintings conservator Mary Schafer said
“It is not unusual to find insects or plant material in a painting that was completed outdoors, but in this case, we were curious if the grasshopper could be used to identify the particular season in which this work was painted.”
The findings, along with hundreds of others, will be published in installments in an online catalog starting in 2019.
Source: Nelson-Atkins Museum / CBC