Some painters have reused their canvases - painting over the top of a painting several times. It may be they were not happy with the first painting and kept on trying or at the least they were just playing around.
I wonder which layer was real.
Was the first painting the truth they saw and they covered it up seeing it as too realistic, scary, or politically correct to hide it?
Perhaps they saw flaws that needed to be hidden from public view but they could not destroy the painting?
Perhaps it was the painter’s version of a “comment made under their breath”?
Do the layers intermix?
Can you ever separate them again?
Can you ever be sure which color was the original?
How can you reveal the inner painting without forever altering the outer?
Does it matter to anyone other than the painter?