Portrait Found in Gallery’s Walls Verified as Missing Klimt

The authentication of the painting solved one of the art world's enduring mysteries.

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PIACENZA, Italy (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls last month is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,” which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago. The authentication of the painting solved one of the art world’s enduring mysteries – where did the missing work end up? – but left several questions unanswered, including who had taken it and whether it ever left…

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