Experts have confirmed this Friday that a picture found by chance in the hollow of a wall in the courtyard of a museum in northern Italy it is effectively a work of the painter Gustav Klimt that had been missing for more than two decades.
The picture, already confirmed as ‘Portrait of a lady’, was located on December 10 hidden in the Gallery of Modern Art Ricci Oddi, in the Italian city of Plasencia. The gardeners found him cleaning the herbs, inside a cavity protected by a metallic layer and apparently intact.
Local authorities confirmed Friday the results of the analysis at a press conference in which the mayor, Patrizia Barbieri, has held “news of historical importance for the historical and cultural community of the city“, according to the newspaper ‘Piacenza Sera’.
It gets end so to an unknown that goes back to February 22, 1997, when the disappearance of the work was detected, supposedly stolen in the previous days. The painting lost track of him during a transfer due to an exhibition, without the investigations being able to determine his whereabouts until the fortuitous discovery of last month.