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Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

The Secret History of Art – Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries

Posts Tagged ‘art theft’

“Home Alone” as Museum Security Masterclass

The Secret History of Art’s latest feature in Salon is about how the Christmas movie, “Home Alone” actually provides some useful lessons on how to secure your art collections.  Check it out here.

“The Art of the Steal” Film Review

Many have asked for my take on the latest art heist movie, The Art of the Steal. Here you go, today in Film International magazine

Technology against Art Looters

The Secret History of Art, along with many of his ARCA friends and associates, is quoted in this excellent New York Times article on how technology is helping to curb art looting.  Take a look here.

Study Art Crime in Italy


2013 Course Photo at the Musei Capitolini with Museum Security Instructor  - Photo by Mink Boyce


Art Crime 2nd Only To Drugs in UK

A BBC News report shows that organized criminal groups are targeting art in the UK, as detailed by British police.  The estimated value of art crime in the UK is some 300 million pounds, making it the second-highest-grossing criminal trade in the country, behind only the drug trade.


Art Crime Symposium at London’s V&A Museum

Art Crime: Forgery, Provenance, Recovery, Reward


ARCA in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), the research group founded by The Secret History of Art, is name-dropped in Dan Brown’s Inferno, as noted in the ARCA Blog.


Gardner Heist Update!

The FBI’s Press Conference on the Gardner heist, held on the 23rd anniversary of the crime, revealed some new information considered sensational by the media.  The largest property crime in peace-time history saw the theft of thirteen artworks, valued around $500 million during one 81-minute theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  The crime was perpetrated during the night after the St. Patrick’s Day revels, in 1990.  A $5 million reward still stands for information leading to the successful recovery of all the works in question.  Myriad theories have swirled around who was behind this crime, for surely it was some larger organized crime group, more elaborate than the two thieves disguised as policemen who bluffed their way into the museum, tricking student security staff into opening the door without first checking with the police department.  The same criminals had tried another tactic some days prior to the theft, when one of their gang, posing as a mugging victim, frantically banged on the service entrance door to the museum, screaming for help.  That night, with professional security staff on duty, the door was not opened, and it was noted that the “mugging victim” was seen leaving amicably with his “muggers” later that night.  But the crime was eventually successful, with works by Rembrandt and Vermeer headlining the haul.


Talk on Art Theft at Quick Center in Fairfield, CT

Noah Charney Live

“Traffickers, Thieves, and Forgers in the World of Art”


Art Theft in The Guardian

The Guardian’s wonderful art critic, Jonathan Jones (author of the highly-recommended The Lost Battles, about Leonardo’s lost Battle of Anghiari, a topic discussed in one of my LA Times articles) wrote a thoughtful article a few days ago, entitled “Is Art Theft an Act of Homage?”  He was kind enough to mention two books of mine, a novel (The Art Thief) and a history book (Stealing the Mystic Lamb), along with a fine book by a colleague of mine, Sandy Nairne’s Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners.  Jones notes that a number of high-profile art thefts, and the majority of the presentations of art theft in fiction and film, show thieves as obsessive collectors or art lovers, and suggest that the act of stealing a work of art is in some ways an homage to that work.