The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
and Jan van Eyck
. It has been stolen SO MANY
times that they had to build this secure and guarded cube around it. I'm reading Art historian Noah Charney's
book right now. He describes the altarpiece as "the most frequently stolen artwork in history," the object of thirteen crimes over six centuries, including six separate thefts. Napoleon stole it, Hitler stole it, locals stole it. One priest had the Adam and Eve removed and replaced with more modest paintings. Both the original and the fakes are on display. Only one panel is still missing and still a big mystery talked about to this day. This painting marks the beginning of the Renaissance and is an early example of an artist using oil paint. It was such a trailblazing work of art that many of the masters of art made pilgrimage to Gent to see the painting. I snuck a photo for you guys.