Citizens told not to dig up square in Ghent to look for 15th-century painting missing since 1934

It has been described as one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of art.

Since a daring heist in 1934, the whereabouts of one of the 12 panels of Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s Adoration of the Lamb, arguably the world’s first great oil painting has baffled police detectives, bemused amateur sleuths and even driven to despair Nazi agents ordered by Joseph Goebbels to find it as a gift for Adolf Hitler.

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