Cultural Heritage Research Prize
Noah is one of a select number of jury members for a brand new prize, established by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and former Italian Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli. The Cultural Heritage Research Prize will be awarded annually to someone who distinguishes themselves in the field of cultural heritage protection and recovery. The prestigious prize includes a substantial cash award as well. Noah's fellow jurors include Rutelli, Mounir Bouchenaki, Bonnie Burnham, Jack Lang, Giovanni Nistri, Peter Watson, Hanna Pennock, Ismail Serageldin, and Stefano de Caro. More information is available here.
Noah's BBC and National Geographic Documentaries
Noah appears as a guest expert and presenter on two TV documentaries this winter. "The World's Most Expensive Stolen Paintings" appears on BBC2 on December 21, 2013 and "Hunting Hitler's Stolen Art Treasures" appears on Nat Geo Channel on February 5, 2014.
Noah's "The Secret History of Art" Blog
- Drinking Vodka with Bill Murray
My latest feature is on Slovenia vodka, the evolution of gourmet vodkas, the benefits of drinking via ice luge, and features my conversations with Bill Murray and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Bottom’s up!
- Interview: Jane Goodall
This week The Secret History of Art interviewed 80-year-old, world-famous naturalist, Dame Jane Goodall. Check it out here.
- Cultural Heritage Research Prize
The Secret History of Art is one of a select number of jury members for a brand new prize, established by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and former Italian Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli. The Cultural Heritage Research Prize will be awarded annually to someone who distinguishes themselves in the field of cultural heritage protection and recovery. The prestigious prize includes a substantial cash award as well. Noah’s fellow jurors include Rutelli, Mounir Bouchenaki (special advisor to the UNESCO Director-General), Bonnie Burnham (President, World Monuments Fund), Jack Lang (former French Minister of Culture, now President, Institut du Monde Arabe), Giovanni Nistri (former Commander of the Carabinieri TPC, now Director, Great Pompeii Project), Peter Watson (writer), Hanna Pennock (Director General, ICOM), Ismail Serageldin (Director, Great Library of Alexandria), and Stefano de Caro (Director-General, ICCROM).
More information is available here.
- The Invention of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Secret History of Art
The Secret History of Art is just finishing his next book, co-authored by the great art historian, professor and critic Ingrid D. Rowland. It’s called THE INVENTION OF ART: Giorgio Vasari and the Secret History of Art, and will be published by Norton in 2015. If focuses on the Renaissance artist and architect, and the godfather of art history, Giorgio Vasari as a lens through whom to discuss the history of how humans have thought about art, from cave paintings to sharks in formaldehyde. To keep track of the book’s progress, follow me on Facebook or via my website or this blog. And for a sneak preview, here is the paragraph I just wrote now for the book:
“Vasari recalled that Cosimo had once spoken to Michelangelo with his cap in his hand, a great show of deference for a duke to an artist. Vasari similarly enjoyed, if not intimate friendship, then the honorable circumvention of rule and ritual when dealing with his superiors. When Montaigne visited the pope, he had to engage in an elaborate and rather silly ritual, including three separate genuflections prior to addressing him: he genuflected when entering the room, then had to make his way around the walls rather than approaching the pope directly, genuflect again halfway around the room, then a third time at the edge of the carpet on which the pope’s throne rest. Montaigne then had to kneel and sort of waddle his way across the carpet toward the pope, and finally lie outstretched on said carpet, in order to kiss the embroidered white cross on the pope’s red slipper. It probably took a good five minutes for someone to simply reach the pope, much less have a word with him. It’s not as though Vasari and the pope would slip out for a cappuccino, but you can be sure that there was a good deal less bowing, genuflecting, cross-kissing, and knee-waddling involved.”
- Writing for Publication Workshop in Ljubljana
The Secret History of Art will be teaching a three-day workshop on writing for publication at the Humanities Faculty of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It will run March 5-7, 3 hours a day, covering fiction, non-fiction books, and articles. It does not so much teach how to write as how to be a writer: the logistics and tactics for acquiring an agent, preparing a successful book proposal, writing pitches to magazine editors, and then preparing your work for success with anglophone readers (who prefer a very different style than is common in central and eastern Europe). We’ve got a full compliment of students this year (last year’s two-day version was fully booked, with a waiting list), and it looks like I’ll be offering this annually. For more information or for future such workshops, visit www.noahcharney.com.