From the publisher:
From the author of the bestselling novel “The Art Thief”, this gripping true-crime thriller traces the gripping, six-century history of the world’s most-stolen masterpiece. 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, acclaimed art historian Noah Charney unravels the fascinating stories of each of these crimes. 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.