Portrait of a Lady is an 1916-17 oil on canvas painting by Gustav Klimt. The painting measures 60 by 55 centimetres (24 in × 22 in). It depicts a portrait of a female figure, composed in an unusually lively expressionistic style. It was acquired by the Galleria Ricci-Oddi in Piacenza in 1925.
The painting was believed stolen in February 22, 1997, shortly before a special exhibition was planned at the gallery, during the renovation of the building.
Later the Italian police authorities discovered a high-quality forgery at Ventimiglia, on the Italian border with France, in April 1997, 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. Case was reopened in 2014 according to the new facts. Various copies of painting are known to the Italian police.
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