Scientists have revealed that they had discovered an insect that had been embedded in the art of immortality for over a century. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City officials confirmed that the insect had been discovered in the Olive Trees painting by Vincent van Gogh that dates back to 1889. The insect was discovered at the lower foreground of the landscape by Mary Schafer, who is the conservator of the museum paintings. This was possible from research that had been ongoing to examine 104 paintings that are located in the museum. However, she said that the insect could only be viewed under magnification as it was not visible to the naked eye. However, the conservator said that it was normal to discover insects and plant material for paintings that had been done outdoors. The conservator said that the insect would be useful in determining the season that the painting had been done. Soon after the insect was discovered, they reached out to a University of Kansas professor of evolutionary biology and ecology known as Dr. Michael S. Engel. The professor confirmed that the insect died before it got to the painting. He came to this conclusion after he realized that there was no movement around the paint. However, he confirmed that no further details had been determined such as the year of the painting.
In a letter to his brother Theo in 1895, Vod Gogh told him that he was increasingly becoming frustrated with outside landscapes. For starters, Mr. Gogh died in 1890, one year after he finished the Olive Trees painting. He said that when painting outside, he would often pick hundreds of flies. He also talked about the problem of dust and sand. This comes after the museum announced that it has been busy for the past two years acquiring new paintings. For instance, the museum announced on Wednesday that it had acquired an additional 800 new photographs into its collection. The museum further confirmed that this photographs had been acquired using the $10 million donation that had been offered to the institution by the Hall Family Foundation. They also said that the photographs have been collected from several countries and include some works that were produced over 190 years ago. At the same time, they represent over 150 artists. The museum director said that this is the kind of thing that most directors dream about. He was grateful for the addition.