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ISBN#9781586488000
BIB ID#1444222
Call# 759.9493 Eyck C

Stealing the Mystic Lamb

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New York : PublicAffairs, c2010.
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Description
xiv, 318 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Summary
The mysteries of the masterpiece -- The magician in the red turban -- The burning of the Lamb -- Thieves of revolution and empire -- Illicit collectors' paradise -- The canon hides the Lamb -- Thieves in the cathedral -- The world's greatest treasure hunt -- Raising the buried treasure -- Hidden in plain sight? 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.

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Summary/Annotation ->  Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian's list of the ten most important paintings ever made. Often referred to by the subject of its central panel, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, it represents the fulcrum between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is also the most frequently stolen artwork of all time. Since its completion in 1432, this twelve-panel oil painting has been looted in three different wars, burned, dismembered, forged, smuggled, illegally sold, censored, hidden, attacked by iconoclasts, hunted by the Nazis and Napoleon, used as a diplomatic tool, ransomed, rescued by Austrian double-agents, and stolen a total of thirteen times. In this fast-paced, real-life thriller, art historian Noah Charney unravels the stories of each of these thefts. In the process, he illuminates the whole fascinating history of art crime, and the psychological, ideological, religious, political, and social motivations that have led many men to covet this one masterpiece above all others.

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