⁣Gustav Klimt⁣ Portrait of a Lady⁣ 1917⁣ “In 1996, X-ray

⁣Gustav Klimt⁣ Portrait of a Lady⁣ 1917⁣ “In 1996, X-ray

12/17/2021, 4:16:33 AM
⁣Gustav Klimt⁣ Portrait of a Lady⁣ 1917⁣ “In 1996, X-ray analysis revealed that the portrait was an overpainted version of Klimt's lost work Portrait of a Young Lady (in hat and with scarf), which disappeared in 1917. The original portrait showed a woman with whom Klimt is believed to have had a love affair, but after she died suddenly, he painted over the work.⁣⁣ The painting was believed stolen on 22 February 1997, shortly before a special exhibition was planned at the gallery, during the renovation of the building. The frame was found discarded on the roof next to a skylight, which was, however, too small for the painting to have been removed through it.⁣⁣ In April 1997, the Italian police authorities discovered a high-quality forgery at Ventimiglia, on the Italian border with France, in a package addressed to the former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi who was hiding from the law in Hammamet, Tunisia. The "theft" in February may have been staged shortly before the exhibition to cover up the swap of the original painting with the forgery some months before. The case was reopened in 2014 according to the new facts. Various copies of the painting are known to the Italian police.⁣⁣ In December 2019, 23 years after the theft, a bag containing what is believed to be the missing painting was recovered from a recess in an exterior wall of the gallery.”⁣⁣ #modernart #20thcenturyart #paintings #painting #artlovers #artists #famousart #artlegends #art #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #artoftheday #artstagram #artofinstagram #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #artpreciatetheday #klimt #gustavklimt #portraitofalady

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