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What Is So Special About the Most Stolen Painting in History?

Napoleon wanted it and Hitler did too

WikiCommons: Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert van Eyck and Jan van Eyck

I’ll bet you thought it was the Mona Lisa. That’s what I would have guessed but as it turns out, Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic lady was only swiped once — and gone for two years.

The honor for the most stolen painting in history goes to the Ghent Altarpiece, also known as…




There are a treasure trove of stories about art and the people who make it. This publication invites writers to delve into the lives of artists and the tales behind some of the world’s great art.

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Betsy Denson

Betsy Denson

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