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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

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

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