She was one of the most wanted works of art.
In the gallery Ricci Oddi in the Italian city of Piacenza found a picture, which probably is the work of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s “portrait of a woman”.
The painting, written in 1917 and stolen in 1997, was the second in the list of most wanted works of art in Italy. Its cost is estimated at more than € 60 million.
In addition, “portrait of a woman” — the only known “double picture” Klimt. Shortly before the kidnapping, in 1996, one of the students noticed that this portrait is similar to another portrait, painted by Klimt, which, however, hadn’t been seen since 1912. It turned out that underneath the top layer of paint of the picture is hidden another picture.
According to Reuters, the portrait found in the wall of the same gallery from which it was issued 22 years ago. Workers cleaned the exterior wall of the building from ivy and noticed a small hatch. Behind it was hidden a plastic garbage bag, and painting.
Experts are still studying the find, but the staff and management of the gallery believe that this is the original.
The police assumed that the artwork was stolen through the window in the roof: thieves can use fishing line, to pick up the picture, remove it from the wall and pull. After the theft of the gallery building was thoroughly searched.
The picture, according to the authorities, has been preserved in excellent condition.