Stealing the Mystic Lamb

Stealing the Mystic Lamb

The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

Book - 2010
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Presents a history of the world's most pilfered masterpiece--Jan van Eyck's "Ghent Alterpiece," treasured for its central panel, "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb"--which has been looted in three wars, burned, forged, smuggled, hunted by the Nazis, and stolen thirteen times.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586488000
1586488007
Branch Call Number: 759.9493/CHARNEY
Characteristics: xiv, 318 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.

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rsmbarlow Aug 22, 2014

This was a great book to read after seeing the Ghent Altarpiece this summer. The author's style is engaging and informative. He also does a great job of providing background and context for 21st century viewers of the altarpiece.

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Janice21383
Jun 29, 2012

For reasons that remain obscure to me, Van Eyck's Ghent altarpiece is the world's most stolen art object. (See it here: http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/ It's intricate and sparkly. I must say, though, Van Eyck's God looks So Over It.) Tastes in art aside, Stealing the Mystic Lamb is a lively story of war, thieves, religion, and rotten Nazis.

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