april 10, 1934 2 panels stolen – they left the st. john the baptist at the train station as a show of good faith and kept the judges, ransom of about 22,000 dollars
paul De ridder historian
formr belgian minister august De schyrver
patron philip the good and j. van eyck depictions / jef van der veken wwII recreation
mental floss dot com, Lucas Reilly, June 18, 2018, The Enduring Mystery of the Ghent Altarpiece, the world’s most-stolen painting, ends with this:
The questions go on. There is, however, one thing about van der Veken’s copy that everyone agrees is baffling: On the back of the panel, written in Flemish, is this cryptic poem.
I did it for love
And for duty
And to avenge myself
From the dark side.
— He’d started working on the replacement panel in 1938 or ’39 already, then wwii had the whole thing store-hidden in sw france and then the gestapo confiscated it, but Kohn couldn’t find the missing piece and got sent to a/the front.
marc debel and gino marchal wrote a book and say it’s under a square in ghent
one says that joos was mayor of ghent and commissioned it in 1426 and hubert started the work with the layout
says jan had worked on miniatures for the dukes of burgundy
says tt tt’s jerusalem behind the females
— i have to give up on new info but it seems there was a name that began with an s maybe that was involved in this business of the missing panel that i’d noted down here somewhere last summer. it wasn’t august de schryver i don’t think.
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