Altmann's seemingly unwinnable court battle over the eye-catching, gold-leafed painting — officially "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," renamed "Woman in Gold" by the Nazis — lasted from 1999 and 2006, bouncing between Austria and the U.S., where it went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Altmann, who died in 2011 at 94, eventually sold the paintings at auction for a combined $327.7 million.
Recognizing the central importance of the Bloch-Bauer portrait to "Woman in Gold," the filmmakers set out to painstakingly re-create it, enlisting the sure hand of scenic artist Steve Mitchell, a veteran of hundreds of films including "Children of Men," "Match Point" and the "Harry Potter" franchise.
Mitchell told The Times the assignment was "probably one of the most complicated paintings for its size that you could ever be asked to do."
"Woman in Gold" will likely face its own share of challenges as it opens in limited release this week from the
However Curtis' film ultimately fares, it will at least give one "Woman" a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.