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Painting found hidden in Italian art gallery’s wall is missing £50million Gustav Klimt canvas ‘Portrait of a Lady’, feared stolen nearly 23 years ago Klimt's 'Portrait of a Lady' thought to have been found in Ricci Oddi gallery's wall Artwork was stolen from same gallery in 1997 by thieves who 'used a fishing line' Italian police have taken charge of the find and it will be examined by art experts

By Luke Andrews For Mailonline

Published: 16:36 GMT, 17 January 2020 | Updated: 16:43 GMT, 17 January 2020

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A painting found hidden in the wall of an Italian art gallery has been identified as the missing £50million Gustav Klimt canvas 'Portrait of a Lady', that was feared stolen nearly 23 years ago.

Art experts confirmed the portrait of a young woman sensually glancing over her shoulder's authenticity today after using infrared radiation and other non-invasive techniques.

It was found wrapped in a rubbish bag by gardeners after they cleared ivy from a wall at the Ricci Oddi Modern art gallery in Piacenza, northern , in December last year.

Questions remain as to how the masterpiece, completed in 1917, came to be hidden in the wall and whether it has ever left the art gallery's grounds. 

Art experts confirmed the painting's authenticity after using infrared radiation and other non-invasive techniques. It was found wrapped in a rubbish bag at the Ricci Oddi Modern art gallery in Piacenza, northern Italy, in December last year

Art experts confirmed the painting's authenticity after using infrared radiation and other non-invasive techniques. It was found wrapped in a rubbish bag at the Ricci Oddi Modern art gallery in Piacenza, northern , in December last year

Questions remain as to how the picture, shown above this afternoon, was hidden and whether it ever left the art gallery's grounds

Questions remain as to how the picture, shown above this afternoon, was hidden and whether it ever left the art gallery's grounds

Italian police stand next to the Austrian modernist Gustav Klimt' masterpiece in Piazcenza in northern Italy in December last year

Italian police stand next to the Austrian modernist Gustav Klimt' masterpiece in Piazcenza in northern in December last year

Announcing the experts decision, prosecutor Ornella Chicca said in Piacenza, 'It's with no small emotion that I can tell you the work is

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