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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! For both scholar and beginner of Art History, October 15, 2010
This review is from: Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece (Hardcover)
I can't recommended this book enough to those who love to learn more about how Art history doesn't just comment on the history of the world around it but an active and undeniable provocateur at the base of it.

Stealing The Mystic Lamb is one of the most readable historical novels I've ever come across, (it helps that two of my favorite topics were already Art History and European history.) I have been studying many of these art pieces personally while an art student in Europe and America, but this book was able to set itself apart for me by really tying together the world and events simultaneously taking place.

Charney has written some of the most enjoyable and certainly most modern descriptions of these priceless art works, a true feat given the volume of descriptions already out there. I also highly recommend this book to anyone looking to jump into Art History, as it is explanative enough for the absolute beginner...but it also thorough and expansive enough for an avid art history student like myself to enjoy.

This book may not be as in depth and detailed towards individual pieces or artists as other art history books by more academic sources (art journals, etc.) but that is not the point of this book. This book is about the history of one piece of art and how that piece's history has influnced not just other artist's but the political, religous, and military superpowers in each century since.

This book is an knockout!
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2015 10:18:07 AM PDT
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A reader says:
It's NOT a historical NOVEL! Can't this reader tell the difference between a novel and a history book? Incredible.
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