World’s most stolen painting, Ghent Altarpiece, now safe in Belgium’s St. Bavo’s Cathedral
The world’s most stolen 15th century painting, “Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystical Lamb”, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, is now safe. It was kept in a glass house with a value of 30 million euros. According to reports from The Painting Daily, the artwork was made for the church by the Van Eyck brothers in 1432 and is located in the Sacrament Chapel, the largest chapel in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium.
There were major concerns about the safety of this painting. The artwork has been stolen several times. In addition, it was almost destroyed by Calvinists, stolen by Napoleon and destroyed again by the Prussian king. It also ended up in the hands of Adolf Hitler. It was rescued by commando agents when it was almost lost in an explosion in Austria.
Up for auction
In another major incident, Banksy’s superhero nurse artwork titled Game Changer, a tribute to doctors and health workers amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is being auctioned for NHS charities. The painting was donated by the elusive street artist to Southampton General Hospital, England, as a grateful gesture to recognize the frontline efforts of the Medical Brotherhood to fight the coronavirus.
The iconic painting, now on public display for bidding on an auction center’s website, shows a boy playing with a doll disguised as a masked nurse. Next to the boy is a trash can with the superheroes Batman and Spiderman. Banksy donated the artwork to the University of Southampton’s NHS Foundation Trust System hospital with a note he posted on Instagram that read, “Thank you for all you do. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s just black and white. “