The stolen picture of Gustav Klimt turned out to be a double portrait and could soon be returned to the museum.

Gustav Klimt's painting “Portrait of a Woman” appears in all the lists of “the loudest thefts of the 20th century”. Recently, not only more than encouraging information about the canvas stolen in 1997 from the gallery of the Italian city of Piacenza became known, but also, due to the real prospect of showing this masterpiece again, incredible details about the painting itself.The police received new information that allows us to talk about the return of Gustav Klimt's painting to the museum "within a few weeks or months"GirlGustav Klimt1916, 60 × 55 cmGustav Klimt's Masterpiece “PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting an existing person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Women ”(1916−17) have been searching for almost 20 years, and despite the fact that in 2014, thanks to modern technologies, it was possible to“ decipher ”a partial imprint. Monotype belongs to the group of flat printing techniques. Unlike other prints, which allow you to make a lot of impressions from one form, here you get only one image (hence the "mono" - "one" - in the title). Most often monotypes are used by illustrators of children's books. It is also popular with psychologists (to ascertain the inner state of a person) and teachers (for the development of imagination in children). Read more Collagraphy - a relatively new type of embossed printing. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. To read further a finger on an empty frame, special progress was not planned. Theft of paintings from the gallery of modern art (Galleria d'Arte Moderna Piacenza, Ricci Oddi) town in northern Italy has already entered all the lists of "the loudest thefts of the century." So the facts.
- the canvas entered the gallery collection in 1925
- the gallery was closed for repairs and some of the paintings were removed from the exposition, and Klimt's work was to be taken to the exhibition in the Town Hall, so the guard did not immediately suspect something was wrong
- an empty frame was found under the ceiling light window: they assume that the picture “prepared” by someone was simply “fished” out of the frame.
This picture of Klimt is too well known to try to sell it on the black market - the robbery, most likely, was made “by request”.

New case details

In 2015, the Italian “thief who retired”, said that for an amount of 150,000 € ($ 163,000), he could contribute to the safe return of Klimt's painting. The details of the old theft were also revealed: the robbery was carefully prepared, and the abduction took place in two stages. At first, with the complicity of the museum employee, the picture was changed - no one noticed for a few months. However, on the eve of the upcoming exhibition, so that the police did not come on the trail of a criminal group that manufactured a fake, a fake work was stolenThis sensation is not over. Ten months before the theft of the painting, a discovery was made, but the loss of work leveled its value. 18-year-old student Claudia Maga, specializing in art, studying the album of works by Klimt, drew attention to the similarity of the poses of his two works: "Portrait of a Woman" from the Italian gallery, and was considered lost since 1912.The history of the work is as follows: Klimt, as they say, “falls madly in love” with a certain young girl from Vienna, who quickly becomes his muse. However, she suddenly dies ...

... So, then, in the 90s, Magda enlarged the images and superimposed them on one another: postures and general outlines completely coincided! Actually, any schoolchild can do this with the reproduction of Klimt's works. In the fresh video cited in the BBC news, Magda, a literature teacher, does this manipulation again.

The student shared her discovery with the then gallery director Mr. Fernando Arisi, and he became interested in bold theory. So much so that after a few weeks he took the picture, took Magda from class and went with her to the local hospital. There was a series of X-ray images that fully confirmed the hunch.“PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more women ”was the only known“ double work ”of Gustav Klimt. In honor of this discovery, the gallery prepared the exhibition in 1997. Now, the world art community just stopped: will the exhibition take place 20 years later? The statements were made more than bold: it sounds confident that the work will be returned to the Italian museum. In the meantime, we recall the current exhibition "Klimt and Women of the Golden Age of Vienna, 1900 - 1918", which takes place in New York's Neue Galerie until mid-January 2017 - we present to your attention a separate review of this exhibition. According to bbc and artnet