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An Eyck werd voltooid is geen kunstwerk zo belaagd en begeerd als Het Lam Gods Volgens sommige bewonderaars scholen in het werk schatten van tastbare aard anderen zagen er filosofische en theologische waarheden in over de menselijke staat en de aard van het Opperwezen Enkelen schreven het een concrete macht toe en dachten dat ontcij I wasn't sure I would like this book When I visit art museums I enter rooms of medieval art from a sense of duty than from loveI picked it up anyway because of the compelling list on the dust jacket of torments the Ghent Altarpiece has endured and survived it's been stolen 13 times and that's the least of the dangers it has faced I'm so glad I read this book Charney's enthusiasm for art and history is infectious I used to think the paintings hanging on museum walls had somehow always been right where they were there to be learned from and enjoyed by all But the book showed me that many of the works of art we see today are hardy survivors He opened my eyes to the stories of art and gave me a whole new way to appreciate what I see not just for its beauty or how it speaks to my soul but for its story as a physical object that has stood the test of time

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Fering van het schilderij de loop van de Tweede Wereldoorlog kon veranderen Weer anderen vonden juist dat de symbolische macht van het werk zo'n groot gevaar vormde dat het maar beter verwoest kon worden En als u vandaag de dag voor het schilderij staat en het in al zijn pracht bewondert weet u dan zeker dat u naar het origineel kij I loved this book I'm a little obsessed with art theft but this is a great read for any history or art lover Concise interesting fast moving The Ghent Altarpiece has had uite the life

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Geschiedenis van het Gents altaarstuk 'Het lam Gods'Verdwenen buitgemaakt in drie verschillende oorlogen door brand bedreigd uit elkaar gehaald gekopieerd vervalst gesmokkeld illegaal verkocht gecensureerd aangevallen door beeldenstormers verborgen vrijgekocht gered en keer op keer gestolen sinds het Gentse altaarstuk in 1432 door V STEALING THE MYSTIC LAMB is a scholarly work wrapped in sheep's clothing Even the opening chapter might well serve as the précis to a grant application The book is dense with details and judiciously presents numerous contradictory hypotheses surrounding a succession of thefts in the long history of the eponymous “Mystic Lamb” a barn sized folding set of painted oak panels also know as the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van EyckCharney is at his best however in the role of art historian He explains in detail the construction and iconography of Van Eyck's masterpiece and he succeeds where many an entire semester of classroom lectures freuently fail Imbuing an appreciation for both van Eyck's aesthetic achievement and the historical significance of the work The altarpiece is awe inspiring both in size and detail It consists of 20 oak panels painted on both sides during the years between 1426 and 1432 It was normally displayed closed; and opened only for special occasions further engendering a sense of reverence in the viewer The medieval iconography is combined with a humanist interest in realistic form perspective and portraiture Its execution in oil paint rather than egg tempera allowed a translucent depth of color and filigree of detail which were augmented rather than superseded by the medieval techniue of gold leaf “The result is a visual feast a galaxy of painterly special effects that at once dazzle and provide days of viewing interest prompting viewers to examine the painting from afar and up close to decipher as well as to bask in its beauty” Readers should examine the website as they read the initial chapters of the book The website displays individual panels of the altarpiece in the detail needed to follow Charney's descriptions Charney is a gifted writer able to conjure a sense of the waning medieval world of the Ghent Altarpiece with its aura of religious miracle in the midst of reconciliation with a world of burgeoning Renaissance scholasticism So great is his ability to captivate the reader that we feel a soul piercing anguish as he relates the turmoil of the Reformation which repeatedly threatened the masterpiece's destruction In 1566 only a little over a century after the altarpiece's completion Calvinist rioters attempted to destroy the work – in their eyes an example of Catholic “idolatry” Only the uick thinking initiative of some anonymous guards who hid the work saved it from destructionThe second story told here is one of art crime How many of you knew the Louvre owed its founding to Napoleon's sweep across Europe Artwork from his European conuests were channeled back to Paris Successive wars the Franco Prussian War World War I and World War II dictated the flow of pillaged artwork between France and Germany with much of it being bought by British and American collectors Charney's historical research on World War II is of particular note He mentions the Mystic Lamb's abduction to Alt Aussee by the Germans Alt Aussee was a salt mine converted into a state of the art warehouse for much of the artwork seized by the Nazis The military commander of the region August Eigruber was determined to destroy the mine and its contents should the Nazis be forced to retreat by the Allied forces Charney details the Lamb's miraculous rescue due to the efforts of two separate groups the Monuments Men attached to Patton's 3rd Army and a confederacy of Austrian freedom fighters civilian miners led by Alois Raudaschl and Emmerich Pöchmuller and Hermann Michel and a British double agent named Albrecht Gaiswinkler A movie called Monuments Men will be released in 2014 and I will be interested in seeing if any of the Alt Aussee events or Americans George Stout and Lincoln Kirstein both described in Charney's book are portrayed in the movieAnyone interested in art history will be both enlightened and dismayed by the details of this bookNOTES This work continues to reveal hidden surprises This article describes on going restoration work that revises our interpretation of the iconography website is a detailed visual examination of the panels article from 2020 updates the restoration effort with a startling effect


About the Author: Noah Charney

Noah Charney holds degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and Cambridge University He is the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art ARCA the first international think tank on art crime He divides his time between New Haven Connecticut; Cambridge England; and Rome Italy


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