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.

Books by this Author

Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night. Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Geneviéve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society's greatest treasure, White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich. London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art, the museum's latest acquisition is stolen just hours after it was purchased for more...

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Meet Noah Charney

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

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Ars Ardor Forma Amor

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 eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Sticky toffee pudding

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Painting and drawing as brilliantly as the artists I admire

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. When I have my literary hat on, it's Margeurite Yourcenar's Hadrian. When I have my normal person hat on, it's Homer Simpson.

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