The Davis Lab

What Lies Beneath? Secrets Under the Surface of Paintings
August 6, 2016 – August 6, 2017

Every painting has a unique story under its surface. Discover hidden clues that have helped IMA curators, conservators, and conservation scientists learn more about paintings featured in this exhibition. Participate in three exiting activities highlighted below.

Operation Infrared

Help solve a mystery! Play conservator and use an infrared camera to see what lies beneath the surface of a painting.

Digital Interactives

Learn why we looked at these paintings using x-ray and infrared, what secrets we found, and what we have learned.

Gallery Hunt

Find more of the paintings in our collection that have secrets under their surfaces. Go on this gallery hunt to see some of the most fascinating examples.

This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.