A painting by the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, thought to have been stolen, was recovered after 22 years between the walls of an Italian museum. A gardener found the work in a garbage bag.
"I found it in a box in a garbage bag and thought it was waste," the finder told Italian media. On the outside wall of the Ricci Oddi museum in Piacenza, he was busy removing ivy from the outside wall.
The man then warned colleagues, who noted that it is probably about Portrait of a Lady by Klimt. The painting was to be moved to a nearby palace in 1997, but disappeared shortly before.
The disappearance of the painting, which is worth almost 60 million euros, is considered one of the greatest mysteries in the art world. After the work was lost, the security in the museum was immediately increased.
The case was discontinued due to lack of evidence. The case was reopened in 2016 after DNA traces were discovered on the old frame of the painting.
Further investigation must show whether the painting found is indeed Portrait of a Lady and whether the work has been between the walls for all these years. Based on what experts have now seen, there is a good chance that the painting has been recovered.