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The gripping, six-century history of the world's most frequently stolen masterpiece, as told by Noah Charney, whom the New York Times Magazine called a pioneer in "apply[ing] to art thefts the techniques of criminal profiling."

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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. 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.

"Nelson's forceful delivery demands attention to every word, taking on the format of a history lecture for those wearing earphones." ---AudioFile

"A brisk tale of true-life heroism, villainy, artistry and passion." ---Kirkus

Stealing the Mystic Lamb

The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

Author Noah Charney

Narrated by John Allen Nelson

Publication date Dec 14, 2010

Running time 11 hrs

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