The Art of Forgery : The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers Noah Charney

The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world's most famous forgeries - investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so conned the public and the art establishment alike.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 234 × 150 mm (9 1/4 × 5 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 296 pp
  • Illustrations: 134 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714867458

Noah Charney is a professor and an international author of fiction and non-fiction, specializing in the fields of art history and art crime. He is the founder and president of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, a non-profit research group on issues in art crime. His work in the field of art crime has been praised in such international forums as the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, El Pais, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Elle and Tatler among many others. He has appeared on radio and television as an expert on art history and art crime, including BBC, ITV, CNBC and MSNBC. Charney is the author of numerous articles and a novel, The Art Thief (2007).

"Excellent... Beautifully written and illustrated."—Tatler

"Charney truly hits stride when describing the forgers... As the world of forgery is infinitely colorful."—Bloomberg

"A rattling good read."—The Art Newspaper online

"A serious subject described in vastly enjoyable fashion with implications both subtle and obvious, about serious issues... A romp of a read."—Art Quarterly - Marina Vaizey

"[Charney’s] book about forgers makes the allure of their dark trade feel irresistible."—Washington Post

"Charney truly hits stride when describing the the world of forgery is infinitely colorful."—

"Terrific volume."—Woman Around Town

"A fascinating account."—Art + Auction