Experts believe that a painting recently discovered in Italy is a long-lost work by the Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt. Experts confirmed the authenticity, said investigators and experts.
The painting Portrait of a Woman had appeared in the garden of the Ricci Oddi Museum in Piacenza in December after almost 23 years. It had disappeared there in 1997, the alleged thieves had only left the frame.
While removing ivy from the outside wall of the gallery in Piacenza in northern Italy, gardeners had discovered a black garbage bag with the painting in a cavity. At that time, however, the museum management did not initially want to determine whether the find was actually the original.
Klimt (1862-1918) is said to have painted the picture as part of a series of portraits of women between 1916 and 1918. It shows the face and torso of a young woman with brown hair against a green background. The museum estimated the value of the picture at between 60 and 100 million euros.