Specialists have found a self-portrait by Dutch artist "Vincent Van Gogh" hidden behind one of his paintings.

The image was discovered by art restoration officials during an X-ray examination of an 1885 Van Gogh artwork called "The Head of a Village Woman" for an upcoming exhibition.

These rays revealed a bearded person with a hat and a handkerchief tied around his neck and was staring at the viewer with a piercing look and the right side of the face in the shadows, and his left ear could be seen clearly, and the image was hidden behind cardboard and layers of glue.

One of the restoration staff stated that such a discovery happens once in the life of the restoration officer, and it is something very special. The Scottish National Galleries are working with their experts on how to remove the glue and cardboard that covers a self-portrait without damaging it. The image will be displayed in an exhibition running from July 30 to November 13 entitled "A Taste of Impressionism" at the Royal Scottish Academy.