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The strange history of the world's most stolen painting - Noah Charney


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Throughout six centuries, the Ghent Altarpiece, also called “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,” has been burned, forged, and raided in three different wars. It is, in fact, the world’s most stolen artwork— and is considered one of the most influential paintings ever made. What exactly makes the piece so special? Noah Charney digs into Jan van Eyck’s masterpiece.

The final clue about the lost panel was that it “rests in a place where neither I, nor anybody else, can take it away without arousing the attention of the public.” If you were to take up the hunt for the missing panel, with this in mind, where in the city of Ghent might you look?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Noah Charney
  • Director Michael Kalopaidis, Alexia Roider, Gerta Xhelo
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Animator Maria Savva
  • Art Director Jeanne Bornet
  • Sound Designer Andreas Trachonitis
  • Producer Zedem Media, Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Script Producer Cella Wright
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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