APRIL FOOLS’: Carnegie Museum Discovers Zombies in Painting

(Carnegie Museum)

(Carnegie Museum)

Today, on April 1st, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh claimed they’ve discovered hidden zombies in a landscape painting from their collection.

From their blog the story goes:

During recent analysis of 19th-century works, conservators evaluated sections of over-painting on a landscape attributed to Asher Brown Durand, Pastoral Landscape, (c. 1854–1861). Upon cleaning and removal, the subject of the painting appears to be shambling zombies, emerging from the woods, presumably to eat the artist’s brains.

Obviously a PR move, the museum is gearing up for a June exhibition called Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated, which showcases recently analyzed paintings.

The museum’s curator, Gretchen Samuels, adds:

“Victorian art buyers were interested in idyllic, beautiful scenes of rural America, unspoiled by hordes of undead monsters”

Apparently that’s why the zombies in Pastoral Landscape were covered up, to keep with Victorian norms.

Nice try, Carnegie Museum.