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The Mystic Lamb: Admired and Stolen

Words by Harry De Paepe

Art by Jan Van Der Veken

Hardback, 112 pp, £14.99

The Mystic Lamb: Admired and Stolen is a mesmerising art history detective story that explores the intriguing mystery of Jan Van Eyck’s coveted the Ghent Altarpiece, with its central panel, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, being the particular focus of attention.

Considered a masterpiece and one of the world’s most influential works, the Ghent Altarpiece has been the focus of intrigue, theft and mystery, and over the centuries has been subjected to arson, theft, mob violence, and enemy invasions. The Mystic Lamb panel became especially sought after and went missing for years, while the whereabouts of the missing ‘Just Judges’ panel remains a source of continual speculation, with some of the theories explored in the book.

In The Mystic Lamb: Admired and Stolen, Flemish history teacher Harry De Paepe teams up with illustrator Jan Van Der Veken to offer an informative, easy-to-read series of illustrated anecdotes that entertains and intrigues with equal pleasure. 

Harry De Paepe

Harry De Paepe is the author of The Mystic Lamb: Admired and Stolen for SelfMadeHero, and the co-creator of Stiff Upper Lips. Away from graphic novels he is a history teacher, and the editor of the online Flemish political magazine

Jan Van Der Veken

Jan is the illustrator for The Mystic Lamb: Admired and Stolen from SelfMadeHero. He is a Belgian artist, working internationally for both large and small clients in the cultural, private and commercial sector.