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Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece
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Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece (Paperback)

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Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian's list of the ten most important paintings ever made. 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, 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 fascinating stories of each of these thefts. Charney also explores psychological dramas that lurk within the history of art crime,and the ideological, religious, political, and social motivations that have led many men to covet this one masterpiece above all others.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceForgery, falsification & theft of artworksArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1400 to c 1600 incl the Renaissance Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Publication Date: 03/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9781610390965  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Noah Charney is the author of the international bestselling novel The Art Thief and is the founding director of The Association for Research into Crimes against Art, an international nonprofit think tank. Currently professor of art history at the American University of Rome, he lives in Italy with his wife.

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