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What is the “wall of humanity”?

The Wall of Humanity' is a noble initiative where people leave their old clothes, toys, books, furniture and other usable household items near a designated wall which may later be collected by the needy. The concept originated in Iran in 2015. At the time, Iran's economy was in bad shape and people with limited means were finding it tough to deal with the harsh Iranian winter. That's when some youths in the city of Mashhad came up with the idea of helping the poor in a manner which would not make them feel embarrassed.

"Leave what you don't need, take what you do"

They began to hang their old clothes on the city walls and it soon became a trend known as 'Deewar-e-Meherbani. A similar campaign was started in Pakistan by a young boy, which came to known as 'Deewar-e-Insaniyat. It included donations of food, clothes, medicines and books for the needy.

In India this concept first immerged in form of 'Neki ki Deewar in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. Today, similar such walls of humanity have sprung up in dozens of Indian cities including Mumbai, Chandigarh, Mysore, Allahabad, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Bhopal.  

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It has been found on the reverse side of one of his painting, hidden behind glue and cardboard. Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter, generally considered to be the greatest after Rembrandt van Rijn, and one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. He sold only one artwork during his life, but in the century after his death he became perhaps the most recognized painter of all time.

The sensational discovery was made when an x-ray image was taken of Van Gogh’s Head of a Peasant Woman” (1885) in advance of a forthcoming Impressionism exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, the U.K.

Currently, the self-portrait is covered by layers of glue and cardboard believed to have been applied to the reverse of “Head of a Peasant Woman” before being framed for an exhibition held in Amsterdam around 1905. Experts are researching to see if they can uncover the self-portrait, but warn that removing the glue and cardboard will require delicate conservation work to avoid harming the painting on the other side It’s believed Van Gogh painted the self-portrait after he moved to Paris and was exposed to the work of French Impressionists.

“Head of a Peasant Woman”, which shows a local woman from the town of Nuenen in the Netherlands, was donated to the National Gallery of Scotland collection in 1960 by a prominent Edinburgh lawyer. It will feature in the “A Taste for Impressionism” exhibition on The Mound in Edinburgh on till November 13, 2022, together with an illuminated copy of the x-ray image.

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