Noah Charney

Noah Charney, twenty-seven years old, holds degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and Cambridge University. He is the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), the first international think tank on art crime. He divides his time between New Haven, Connecticut; Cambridge, England; and Rome, Italy.

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Noah Charney discusses the field of art crime, studying at Oxford university, and the truth in his novel "The Art Thief."

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Ars Ardor Forma Amor

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Obama is the easy answer, of course, but I take such little interest in politics, that I'd have to say David Ortiz (go Red Sox!)

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I love teaching, preferably art history while on location in front of the art

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Wandering through Rome, alternating visits to favorite masterpieces in Roman churches with visits to favorite caffes, in a sort of "cappuccino and Caravaggio crawl."  I take a perhaps unholy degree of pleasure in visiting churches to look at the art inside, and the only thing that could be better than that is eating great food and drinking great coffee between visits.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. My dog, Hubert van Eyck, has a pretty sweet deal going

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