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27 June 2019Stranger than Fiction : The Incredible Story of Jan van Eyck's Great Altarpiece at Ghent
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Stranger than Fiction : The Incredible Story of Jan van Eyck's Great Altarpiece at Ghent Caroline Rayman Thursday 27 June 2019

The Lecture will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting which will commence at 1030.      The AGM papers and the 2018-9 Accounts may be found in the Documents section under Our Society

 

Painted between l430 and l432 by Jan van Eyck and possibly his brother Hubert for St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent; also known as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, this altarpiece was, over the ensuing seven centuries, stolen no fewer than thirteen times.

This lecture tells the extraordinary story of these thefts, culminating with the final one which took place during the Second World War, when it was stolen, along with many other treasures from all over Europe, by Adolf Hitler for the magnificent museum he intended to build in his name in his home town of Linz.

Lecturer Caroline Rayman has lectured for many years to universities and art organisations in America and on cruise boats. She was an official guide at the British Museum and has published articles on samplers.

Image :The Altarpiece at Ghent :  Jan van Eyk