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Posted on: Saturday 28 November 2020 – 2:19 PM | Last update: Saturday 28 November 2020 – 2:19 PM
Portrait of a Lady was stolen from the Ricci Audi Gallery in Piacenza, northern Italy, in February 1997 and was found in the courtyard of the same gallery in December 2019.
Gardeners had found the painting in a recess protected by a metal door and thick layers of ivy in the gallery’s courtyard. It was wrapped in a black plastic bag and apparently was not damaged.
Regarding the decision to re-display the painting to viewers again, the director of the hall, Massimo Ferrari, said in a statement, that it is “a gift to the city of Piacenza, which has experienced the pandemic that has struck our country and the whole world.”
The Richie Audi showroom will celebrate the event with a ceremony that will be broadcast online; Given that the Italian art galleries are still closed to the general public due to the Coronavirus.
The found painting is part of a series of portraits completed by Klimt in the last years of his life between 1916 and 1918. It is noteworthy that the work is depicted on another female portrait from 1912.