Gift Shop Book Review

In Stealing the Mystic Lamb, Noah Charney takes readers on the captivating history of the world’s most coveted masterpiece – Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece.  As a national symbol of BMysticLambelgium and one of the most important paintings in the world, the Ghent Altarpiece has endured six centuries of countless crimes and stands as a cherished treasure of civilization.  Charney weaves through the facts and the conspiracies surrounding the altarpiece to bring a page-turner narrative that is both gripping and informative.  Despite many years of research and dozens of theories, the Ghent Altarpiece’s past still remains shrouded in mystery.  Was it all Jan van Eyck’s original work or did his unknown brother Hubert contribute to it?  Is there a coded map located in the painting’s symbolism that leads to the Arma Cristi, the instruments of Christ’s passion? And is the replacement panel of “The Judges” a copy by a skilled conservator or is it actually the original panel by van Eyck stolen almost 100 years ago?  Filled with bribery, conspiracy, theft and murder, this novel shows how this artistic treasure has managed to survive the tests of time and continues to bewitch men and women today.

Other books which follow the incredible stories of treasured masterpieces and Nazi looted art include The Monuments Men and Rescuing Da Vinci by #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert M. Edsel.  The Monuments Men follows six men from the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) section during World War II who risked their lives to locate and prevent the destruction of thousands of years’ worth of culture.  Rescuing Da Vinci expounds upon Edsel’s Monuments Men with more stories and pictures that chronicle the 345 men and women in the MFAA who saved over 5 million pieces of works and cultural items stolen by the Nazis.  These books can all be located in the Museum and Gallery Gift Shop.

-KC Christmas, Customer Service Assistant