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
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.

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: 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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