In Gustav Klimt Painting Theft, Prosecutors Will Drop Charges – ARTnews.com
A 24-year-old riddle about the theft of a painting by Gustav Klimt in Italy remains unsolved. The Italian publication Arts Culture & Style reports that prosecutors have dropped charges against three people suspected of stealing Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady (1916-17) from the Ricci Oddi Gallery of Modern Art in Piacenza in 1997 Northern Italy to have been involved.
The publication also reports that a judge will rule on the prosecutor’s decision to drop the charges and that the case is likely to remain cold. The $ 66 million portrait of a lady was recovered in December 2019 after it was discovered to be hidden behind a metal panel in the outer wall of the gallery. Experts then confirmed the authenticity of the rediscovered work, and in January 2020 two men said they were responsible for the attack and the return of the painting.
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Jonathan Papamerenghi, member of the Piacenza Council, told the Italian publication La Repubblica at the time of its rediscovery at the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery that the work was “the most coveted stolen painting in the world after Caravaggio’s birth with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. “
In November 2020, the famous painting was exhibited again at the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery for the first time since its disappearance. Just before it was stolen in 1997, x-ray analysis revealed that the canvas actually contains two portraits, one of which was painted over by the artist.
The Klimt case isn’t the only headline that has made waves in recent weeks. Last month, investigators revealed that Picasso’s head of a woman, stolen from the National Gallery in Athens nearly a decade ago, may still be in Greece.