Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece by Noah Charney

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Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece
Title:
Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece
Author:
Noah Charney
ISBN:
1610390962
ISBN13:
978-1610390965
Size fb2:
1859 kb
Size epub:
1262 kb
Publisher:
PublicAffairs (April 3, 2012)
Language:
English
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Rating:
4.9
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480
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.

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