Art: Ghent Robbed

A candle flickered, there was a shriek of torn wood that echoed through the 13th Century choir, and a dark shape hunched through a side door of the Cathedral of St. Bavon. Ghent and its canals slept on. Next morning it woke to find a panel of one of the world's most famed religious paintings wrenched away—the most sensational art robbery since the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. Nobody today remembers Jodocus Vijdts, Lord of Pamele, but every art connoisseur knows the polyptich which it is said Hubert...

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