Revealed: the unseen flip-sides of the world’s most famous paintings

From the Mona Lisa to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has exposed – literally – the nuts and bolts of centuries-old masterpieces

The Mona Lisa has a note reading “this way up”, Rembrandt’s Lucretia is screwed together with car parts, and Matisse’s The Red Studio is covered with chicken wire.

These are the revelations of an exhibition at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, which displays a new side to some of the world’s most famous paintings, thanks to an intriguing series of artworks by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. The clue is in the name, Verso, meaning “the back” in Portuguese.

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