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Noah Charney

Autor(a) de The Art Thief

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About the Author

Noah Charney is Professor of Art History specializing in Art Crime, and an internationally best-selling author. He is the founder and president of ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes against Art). He has taught at Yale University, Brown University, American University of Rome, University of mostrar mais Ljubljana, and on the ARCA Postgraduate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection In addition to books, he presents on television, lectures around the world, and writes regularly for a wide variety of publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. mostrar menos

Obras de Noah Charney

The Art Thief (2007) 712 cópias
The Museum of Lost Art (2018) 87 cópias
The Slavic Myths (2023) 27 cópias


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A great overview, but by the end I was eager for more. Not quite what I expected, and the better for it. Consider reading Last Words after the Introduction rather at the very end.
Psalomschyk | Feb 12, 2024 |
A pretty generic whodunnit-type thriller with paintings as the object of the crime. Lots of info about the intersection of art, crime, and law enforcement, and well written, but lacking any real revelation or statement. I'm torn between wanting to read it again to get all the plot points straight, and wishing I'd never bothered.
aleshh | outras 42 resenhas | Jan 12, 2024 |
Month of November 2022 - The Thief Books

“The Art Thief: A Novel” by Noah Charney (2007) 290 pages.

Setting: Rome, Paris and London

2.5 stars rounded up - I would consider this a historical novel because a lot of the art, and the places, he mentions is real. Also, the author, who is well educated in the arts and is the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA), lets you in on the behind scenes in novel form of how they keep track of the most famous artworks throughout time (provenance), how they are stored and, especially, how art theft, which is an art in itself, is conducted and may be solved…sometimes. And, I also feel, he is making in fun of the ridiculousness of how pretentious millionaires value art and how easily they can be fooled into paying millions for reproductions.

Unfortunately, it’s just not that interesting of a subject to me. Plus, there’s a lot of Italian names, words and even sentences that you have to brush over. You will still understand what’s going on, but it’s just annoying. I don’t speak Italian.

ROME: Father Amoroso is awakened a couple of times each night by the small Baroque church’s alarm, at about 3:30 am, only to find the alarm has faltered…he believed.

But, on the second morning after having his coffee, and dealing with the faulty alarm again, he later headed to the alter to pray and reflect, only to discover that the Caravaggio alterpiece was missing.

PARIS: The Suprematist White on White 1918 painting by Kasimir Malevich [a real painting, in real life, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York] turns up missing just hours after being purchased for 6.3 million British pounds. The painting was to be revealed at an exhibition: What Is Not There: The Beauty and Eloquence of Minimalism.

Link to the real White on White painting:


Personal opinion…It is hard to believe this is considered ”art”.

These two thefts merge into each other in the end.

The different kinds of art critics:
- Those who study history and understand and can read into all the symbolisms the artist presents. They have a true appreciation for art.
- Those who know the value of art and steal for exchange of money or drugs, a large racket among drug lords.
- Those who know what they like and will steal art just for the glory of possessing such a find…but it is forever hidden, never to be seen again.
- Then, there is me…I have never seen a million dollar artwork that I even liked. I like what I like, and that could be a $2.00 piece I found at a garage sale or a $150 framed print I ordered online, or a piece of artwork created by my grandchild. If my eyes hit it and I fall instantly in love, then that’s the art for me. No deep thought process involved. Ha!

So, what is artwork actually worth? Whatever price you’ll pay. It could be one dollar or it could be a million dollars. That’s its value!
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MissysBookshelf | outras 42 resenhas | Aug 27, 2023 |
Performance art doesn’t do anything for me, say, but reading about it offered me a new perspective. Maybe there’s more to it than meets the eye? Maybe I’ll be able to appreciate Duchamp’s Fountain at some point? Who knows. The fact that Charney led me to analyze my tastes is a testimonial of a good writer.

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TissieL | 1 outra resenha | May 3, 2023 |


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