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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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to go out for beers with Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Titian, and watch them argue.  I'd go out with Bernini and Caravaggio, but I think they'd wind up punching me.

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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Villains always tend to be more interesting than heroes, but I like characters who are simultaneously heroes and villains. See how I managed not to answer the question?

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I always wanted to accomplish things at a younger age, and a first novel at 27 seems a bit late, although I know that, for non-abnormal people, that's plenty early

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