Noah Charney
Founder, Association for Research into Crimes Against Art

Noah Charney is a professor of art history and the founder of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA). His books include The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers (2015), the Pulitzer-nominated Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art (2017), co-authored with Ingrid Rowland, and The Museum of Lost Art (2018).

Written by Noah Charney

An employee of the French auction house Tajan displays ‘The Martyred Saint Sebastian’, identified as being drawn by Leonardo da Vinci during a media presentation in Paris, France, 10 January 2017. Photo by Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Essay/
Art
Is it really a Leonardo?

Forensics can’t be sure. Provenance can be fudged. This is why the expert eye still rules the game of art authentication

Noah Charney

Detail from Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare (1502) watercolour, gouache; in the Albertina Collection, Vienna. Photo by Corbis

Essay/
Art
A fake of art

Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?

Noah Charney