Press - Noah Charney

Press & Reviews

You’ll find here selected articles and reviews about Noah and his work, books, and research.

What the critics say…

Noah Charney is an important bridge between museums and the general public. -Guillermo Solana, Director of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Noah Charney is the Sherlock Holmes of art theft. Beyond his great sleuthing prowess, he writes with the simple grace of a novelist and the erudition of a scholar. -Mark Lamster, author of Master of Shadows

On The Art of Forgery:

A rattling good read. - The Art Newspaper online

Excellent… Beautifully written and illustrated. - Tatler

How satisfying...the material is so rich. -Washington Post

Charney is a natural storyteller...Beneath his apparent lightness of touch, he asks intelligent questions, melding theory with illustrative anecdote along the way...Delightful fun.  -Times of London

On The Art Thief:

Fascinating details about Caravaggio and Vermeer, the lucrative business of art forgery and the sophisticated thieves who steal priceless paintings. -USA Today

An engaging whodunit. -Financial Times (UK)

The reader will be rewarded by learning a great deal about art history, especially iconic art.  The shell game continues to the very end. Who are the thieves, and who are the investigators? THE ART THIEF is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. -The Book Reporter

Clever and addictive. . . . If Charney can repeat this success, he might do for the art world what Tom Clancy has done for the military-technology milieu. -Richmond Times-Dispatch

A very accomplished debut novel. . . . Charney, an accomplished crime expert, fills this novel with a great deal of intriguing background detail. . . . I look forward to more from Charney. - Publishing News

Descriptively brilliant and filled with witticisms, this fine romp features a clever and well-drawn cast of characters, as well as educates readers about real masterpieces and the artists behind them. -Rocky Mountain News

A romp of a thriller. -The Guardian

On Stealing the Mystic Lamb:
An intriguing blend of reportage and art history, providing what is in effect a remarkable “biography” of this beautiful and tough survivor [The Ghent Altarpiece]. -The Sunday Times UK

Well-written and thorough, this book reminds us of the influence and fragility of art, our venality and heroism, and the delights found in both the beautiful and the strange. -The Cleveland Plain Dealer

A brisk tale of true-life heroism, villainy, artistry and passion. -Kirkus Reviews

In scrupulous detail, Charney divulges the secrets of the revered painting’s past, and in doing so, gives readers a history lesson on art crime, a still-prospering black market. -Christian Science Monitor

I am awed by the magnitude of the things I don’t know. Although art is surely a subjective experience, expertise is often required to nudge one along to appreciation. I would not have paused to look at 'The Mystic Lamb' without Charney’s back-story. It still does not appeal to me as a thing of beauty or as inspiration. But I confess, Charney has me wishing I could see the Altarpiece in Ghent.” -The Providence Journal, Book of the Year

Deftly narrated. -Los Angeles Times

Wonderfully learned and entertaining…innovative and elegant. -Catholic Herald

Selected Press on Noah and his Work


VAL 202 (SLO)

3 April 2017


"In the Eye of the Barbarian"

21 Feb 2017


Delo (SLO)

"Mozje kot slovenski uvozni artikel"

22 Nov 2016

Le Parisien (FR)

"A La Recherche de la Chambre d'Ambre"

16 Sept 2016

De Morgen (BE)

"Hoe 'De rechtvaardige rechters' blijven fascineren: "Dat ding moet gewoon terug"

14 Oct 2016

Siol (SLO)

"Noah iz ZDA"

3 Sept 2016

Corriere della Sera magazine (ITA)

"Se la truffa sa di beffa"

28 Aug 2016

Radio Ci Sta

8 Aug 2016


"What to Expect from the Release of the Panama Papers"

9 May 2016

Slate's The Gist (podcast)

26 April 2016

Evil Twin (podcast)

30 Apr 2016

El Cultural (Spain)

"Falsarios ilustres"

21 April 2016

RTV Radio 1 (Slovenija)

"Kamnik je alpska verzija Norman Rockwella"

26 Jan 2016

Siol (Slovenija)

"Noah Charney: Interview"

30 Jan 2016

NPR Morning Edition

"Art World Captivated by Knoedler Trial"

3 Feb 2016

Finance (Slovenija)

"Je Pozar z Melanio odkril formula za uspeh v e-zaloznistvu?"

23 Feb 2016

The Art Newspaper

"What do we really know about IS's role in the illiicit antiquities trade?"

1 March 2016

The Independent

"Rathkeale Rovers convicted of 57 million plot"

29 Feb 2016

Selected Press on Noah and His Work (2008-2015)

Publication: International Fine Arts Registry
Title: “Putting a Dent in Art Crime”
Author: Anayat Durrani
Publication Date: 12 October 2006

Publication: Delo (Slovene National Daily Newspaper)
Title: Ne gre za elitisticni zlocin, s krajami izgubljamo vsi
Author: Agata Tomašič
Photographer: Agata Tomašič
Publication Date: 14 November 2006

Publication: New York Times Magazine
Title: “To Sketch a Thief”
Author: Tom Mueller
Photographer: Stefan Ruiz
Publication Date: 17 December 2006

Publication: Dnevnik (Slovene National Daily Newspaper)
Title: “Mona Lisa se je skrivala v spalnici” (trans. from Slovene)
Author: Uroš Škerl
Publication Date: 10 February 2007

Publication: Radio Slovenia News Show
Title: “Art Theft” (trans. from Slovene)
Author: Simona Petric
Publication Date: 13 February 2007

Publication: Mladina (Slovene Weekly News Magazine)
Title: “Profile: Art Thief” (trans. From Slovene)
Author: Urša Mlarn
Photographer: Borut Krajnc
Publication Date: 17 February 2007

Publication: Ventiquattro (Italian Weekly Magazine)
Title: “Occhi del Detetivo”
Author: Livia Manera
Photographer: Giovanni Troilo
Publication Date: 14 April 2007

Publication: Radio interview, National Public Radio
Title: Art Crime piece on “Morning Edition”
Author: Frank Browning
Publication Date: 31 May 2007

Publication: Connecticut Post
Title: “New Haven Native Noah Charney Delivers ‘The Art Thief’”
Author: Joe Myers
Publication Date: 30 September 2007

Publication: Vogue (Spain)
Title: “Atrapa a un Ladron”
Author: Leticia Echavarri
Photographer: Giovanni Troilo

Publication Date: October 2007

Publication: Gaceta de los Negocios (Spain)
Title: “Entenderia che los griegos robaran al British Museum”
Author: Jesus Maqueda
Photographer: Jesus Maqueda
Publication Date: 3 October 2007

Publication: La Clave (Spain)
Title: “Por Los Bajos Fondos del Arte”
Author: Ernesto Parra

Photographer: Ernesto Parra

Publication Date: 9 October 2007

Publication: La Razon (Spain)
Title: “El Prado es inaccesibile”
Author: Angeles Lopez
Photographer: Angeles Lopez

Publication Date: 12 October 2007

Publication: Que Leer (Spain)
Publication Date: October 2007

Publication: National Public Radio

Title: “Book Talk”

Author: Faith Middleton

Publication Date: 2 October 2007

Publication: 24 Hours Toronto

Title: “The Art of Crime”
Author: Kathleen Lippa
Photographer: Stefan Ruiz
Publication Date: 15 October 2007

Publication: NRC Next (Netherlands)
Title: “Kunstroof”

Author: Thalia Verkade

Photographer: Stefan Ruiz
Publication Date: 18 October 2007

Publication: Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin
Title: “Noah Charney: Foiling Art Thefts”
Author: Janet Barrett
Photographer: Philip Rosenthal
Publication Date: November 2007

Publication: New Haven Register
Title: “Noah Charney Wants to be an Art Thief’s Worst Enemy”

Author: Donna Doherty

Photographer: Stefan Ruiz
Publication Date: November 26, 2007

Publication: The Bund Pictorial (China)
Author: Li Yinghze
Publication Date: October 2007

Publication: Colby Magazine
Author: Gerry Boyle
Publication Date: December 2007

Publication: Foote Prints

Title: “Bothering to Protect Art”
Author: Karla Vecchia
Publication Date: Winter 2007

Publication: Yale Daily News
Title: “’Sexy’ Art Crime Not Just in the Movies”
Author: Tiffany Petrosino
Photographer: Tiffany Petrosino
Publication Date: November 27, 2007


Publication: Arena Magazine (UK)
Title: “Must Read”

Author: Mat Smith

Photographer: Stefan Ruiz

Publication Date: January 2008

Publication: Tatler Magazine (UK)
Title: “Heist Almighty”
Author: Alice Rose
Photographer: Gianni Troilo
Publication Date: January 2008

Publication: BBC Radio Four (UK)
Title: “Front Row”
Author: John Wilson
Publication Date: January 2008

Publication: Refresh (UK)
Title: “The Art Thief”
Author: Simon Sylvester
Photographer: Giovanni Troilo
Publication Date: January 2008

Publication: La Tercera (Chile)
Title: “Las oscuras rutas de la red de traffico de arte”
Author: Roberto Careaga
Photographer: Borut Krajnc
Publication Date: 15 February 2008

Publication: Veja (Brazil)
Author: Carlos Graieb

Publication: CBC News & CBC Radio (Canada)

Title: “Organized Crime Likely Behind Swiss Art Heist”

Author: Nick Purdon

Publication Date: 15 February 2008

Publication: Tatler Hong Kong (China)

Title: “Raiders of the Lost Art”

Author: Tamara de Guzman

Publication Date: June 2008

Publication: The Scotsman (Scotland)

Title: “The Thomas Crown Effect”

Author: Susan Mansfield

Publication Date: 8 March 2008

Publication: Reforma (Mexico)

Title: “Es obras de la mafia”
Author: Lourdes Zambrano
Publication Date: 8 March 2008

Publication: Eleftherotypia (Greece)
Author: Cristina Panzou

Publication: D, Magazine of La Repubblica (Italy)
Author: Ambra Radaelli

Publication: Flair (Italy)
Title: “Critico d’Arte che Lotta Contro il Diabolik”
Author: Angelo Sica
Publication Date: June 2008

Publication: Corriere della Sera (Italy)

Title: “Io Investigatore”
Author: Enrico Mannucci
Publication Date: 8 May 2008

Publication: El Pais (Spain)
Title: “Los ladrones de arte copian de la ficcion”
Author: Eva Larrauri
Photographer: Santos Cirilo
Publication Date: 10 May 2008

Publication: Deia/Diario de las Noticias (Spain)
Title: “Un Velasquez a cambio de drogas o armas”
Author: Maite Redondo
Photographer: Oskar Martinez
Publication Date: 10 May 2008

Publication: Vancouver Radio (Canada)
Title: The Insider
Author: David Brindle
Publication Date: 27 May 2008

Publication: Limburgs Dagsblad
Title: “Charney’s strijd tegen kunstdiefstal”
Author: Arno Ruitenbroek
Publication Date: 12 July 2008

Publication: rePublic (NL)
Title: “Kunstroof stiefkind politie” COVER STORY

Author: Adrie Boxmeer

Photographer: Martijn de Vries
Publication Date: 18 July 2008

Publication: Aktueel (Netherlands)
Title: “De Kijktip van Noah Charney”
Publication Date: 29 July 2008

Publication: Primo TV Gids (Netherlands)
Title: “Vermeer en Picasso als onderpand bij drug- en wapendeals«
Author: Dominique Trachet
Publication Date: July 2008

Publication: Volkskrant (Netherlands)

Title: “Bedrog is Onderdeel van Het Spel”

Author: Inneke van den Bergen
Publication Date: 31 July 2008

Publication: Jornal do Brasil (Brazil)
Title: “As pessoas amam ler sobres crime de artes”
Author: Clara Passi
Publication Date: 24 August 2008

Publication: Nova (Slovenia)
Title: “Tat Umetnin”
Author: Vera Simoncic

Photographer: Helena Kermelj

Publication Date: 29 September 2008

Publication: Jana (Slovenia)
Title: “Ujemite Tatu”
Author: Vito Tofaj
Photographer: Vito Tofaj
Publication Date: October 2008

Publication: Delo (Slovenia)
Title: “Kraja Mone Lize ne bi Prinesla Zasluzka”
Author: Manca G. Renko

Photographer: Matej Druznik

Publication Date: 25 September 2008

Publication: Zurnal 24 (Slovenia)
Title: “Bondijad je Malo”
Author: David Tosik
Photographer: David Tosik
Publication Date: 29 September 2008

Publication: TV Slovenija 1 (Slovenia Television)

Title: “Kultura”

Author: Andrej Doblehar

Publication Date: 25 September 2008

Publication: Zurnal 24 (Slovenia)
Title: “Bondijad je Malo”
Author: David Tosik
Photographer: David Tosik

Publication Date: 29 September 2008

Publication: Nedeljski Dnevnik (Slovenia)
Title: “Tatovi umetnin in lepi Ursk”
Author: Maja Remi
Photographer: Maja Remi

Publication Date: 29 September 2008


April 12 and 13
Hoy Es Arte (Spanish)

Exibart (Italy)

Expansion (Spain)

Entretenimiento Latino (Spanish)

L’Adige (Italy)

El Pais (Spain)

Observa (Uruguay)

Europress (Spain)

El Universal (Spain)

Barcelona Reporter

GARA (Spain)

Vanguardia (Spain)

Diario Madrid (Spain)

La Razon (Spain)

Canal Patrimonio (Spain)

La Verdad (Spain)

Deia (Spain-Basque)

Expreso (Peru)

Diario del Yucatan (Mexico)$0100000000$4281667&f=20100413

Informador (Mexico)

ABC (Spain),-el-artista-más-falsificado-y-robado/

El Tiempo (Ecuador)

El Mundo (Spain)

La Capital (Argentina)

Gente Bien (Mexico)
“El Zapatismo en el Arte”

El Economista (Spain)
“De Museos con un ladron de arte”

Sur (Spain)
“Noah Charney: Picassso es el artista mas falsificado y robado por el crimen”

22 April 2010
La Razon (Spain) “Entravista de la Contra”

23 April
Cinque Dias (Spain) “Ir de Museos”

26 May 2010ís--según-un-experto

June 2010
Stern Magazine (Germany)
Claus Luttebeck

Dnevnik Objektiv (Slovenia)
Blaz Matic

Tendencias del Mercado (Spain)

9 June 2010
BBC Radio Four

23 August 2010
La Repubblica (Italy)

October 2010
New Haven Register (10 October 2010)

Yale Daily News (12 October 2010)

NPR Think (12 October 2010)

Cleveland Plain Dealer (14 October 2010)

WNYC Leonard Lopate (14 October 2010)

BBC World Service The Strand (19 October 2010)

NPR Faith Middleton (29 October 2010)

NPR Marketplace (22 October 2010)

The Sunday Times of London (31 October 2010)

Five Books Interview

New Yorker
“The Flip Side” (my letter, published Dec 22 and 27, 2010 edition)

CNN International
“Spot the Fake” by Laura Allsop (24 Nov 2010)

B.INSPIRED (Sweden, Fall 2010 edition)
By Julian Greenwood (see PDF)

NPR All Things Considered (25 Dec 2010)

MacLean’s (Canada, 21 October 2010)

Providence Journal
Mystic Lamb Best Book of 2010

Colby Magazine (Winter 2010)
By Gerry Boyle

Mail on Sunday (UK) Book of the Week (2 January 2011)
By Craig Brown (see PDF)

Newstalk Radio (Ireland), 10 January 2011
(see mp3)

EFE syndicated worldwide, by Belen Palanco (10 January 2011)

Choate Bulletin (Fall 2010)
By Ben Firke

Los Angeles Times (15 January 2011)
By Mark Lamster,0,5546412.story

Art Daily (19 January 2011)

Three Pipe Problem (3/13/2011)

La Nueva Espana (July 2011)

El Publico (Spain, July 2011)

Eleftherotypia (Greece)
(21 August 2011)

El Universal (Mexico)
Juan Pablo Reyes

BBC The One Show (UK television)

BBC Front Row with John Wilson (UK, 11 August 2011)

El Norte (Mexico)
Lourdes Zambrano (21 August 2011)

EFE (Spain)
“50 años del robo de un Goya en la National Gallery por un taxista compasivo”
Belen Palanco (21 August 2011)

LA Times (20 August 2011),0,6623605.story

Laura Allsop (20 August 2011)

Big Think
Bob Duggan (21 August 2011)

September 2011 in support of LOS LADRONES DEL CORDERO MISTICO

El Cultural (Spain)
El Razon (Spain)
Custodios di San Pedro (Spain)
El Pais (Uruguay)
Cinco Dias (Spain)

Five Books Interview (UK)
11 September 2011

Associated Press/Huffington Post/Washington Post
“South African Bronze Art Targeted by Copper Thieves”
Donna Bryson

BBC World Service
Thomas Sparrow
1 November 2011

Alberti’s Window
28 November 2011

Faith Middleton
Connectict Public Radio (NPR)
12 January 2012
Noah Charney is interviewed about “Stealing the Mystic Lamb”

Pop TV (Slovenia)
23 January 2012

Spanish National Radio
24 January 2012
Air Beletrina (Slovenia)
21 March 2012

Colby News
12 April 2012

Panorama (Italy)
“Twitter e blog: la nuova vita dei critici d’arte”
18 July 2012

El Observador (Uruguary)
“Mas Falsificacion, menos Robos”
14 July 2012

De Gelderlander (Netherlands)
Joost Bosman
“Roven op bestelling is een mythe”
17 October 2012

LA Times
“U.S. returns more than 4,000 stolen antiquities to Mexico”
25 October 2012

Vecer (Slovenia)
Metka Pirc
“Dobra ideja in dvajset minut”
12 November 2012

NBC News
Ian Johnston
14 November 2012
“New Intelligence Body Set to Fight Illicit Trade in World’s Priceless Treasures”

Bergen Puls (Norway)
8 January 2013

Vecer (Slovenia)
25 January 2013
“Dan Brown Nima Pojma”
Taja Kordigel

The Guardian (UK)

1 February 2013
“Is Art Theft an Act of Homage?”
Jonathan Jones

Publication: The Times of London

Title: "Lost Antiquities Rescued from Oblivion"

Author: Patrick Kidd

Publication Date: 11 Nov 2013

Publication: Voices of Russia (radio)

12 Nov 2013

Publication: CNN

"Mona Lisa: The Theft That Sparked the Legend"

19 Nov 2013

Publication: The Art Newspaper

"Recovery Rate for Stolen Art as Low as 1.5%"

December 2013


Publication: RTV Radio Slovenija

"On Writing and Publishing"

February 2014

Publication: Vecer (Sunday edition, Slovenia)

"Noah Charney"

4 May 2014

Publication: The New York Times

"New Technology for Fighting Art Looters"

8 May 2014

Publication: Delo Sobotna Preloga (Slovenia)

"Interview: Summer Reading"

5 July 2014

Publication: Dnevnik (Slovenia)

"Evropski avtorji komplicirajo"

7 October 2014


Publication: Delo (Slovenia)

"Zame Slovenjia je Dezela Priloznosti"

6 January 2015

Publication: Radio SI (Slovenia)

"Land of Dreams"

3 February 2015

Publication: Paris Match (France)

"Quand l'Art Pousse le Crime"

1 May 2015

Publication: RTV (Slovenia)

"Art Market"

16 May 2015

Publication: The Spectator (UK)

"Art of Forgery" Review

16 May 2015

Publication: The Art Newspaper

"Art of Forgery" Review

19 May 2015

Publication: Bloomberg Business

"Here's How to make a Million as an Art Forger"

21 May 2015

Publication: Maclean's

"Art Forgery: Better Than the Real Thing?"

25 May 2015

Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

"Art Forgers Fool the Experts with Genuine Works of Artistry"

8 May 2015

Publication: BBC Front Row

"Art of Forgery and Bradley Cooper"

18 May 2015

Publication: Vulture

"Are Art Forgers Scoundrels or Merely Deluded Enthusiasts?"

27 May 2015

Publication: Tatler UK

"Art of Forgery" Review

June 2015

Publication: New Haven Register

"An Expert Probes the Bizarre Mindsets of Art Forgers"

13 June 2015

Publication: WNYC Radio

"Leonard Lopate Show"

9 June 2015

Publication: CBS This Morning TV

"Motives of the World's Master Forgers"

20 June 2015

Publication: The New York Times

"The Chinese Want Their Art Back"

21 June 2015

Publication: NPR

"Fresh Air"

23 June 2015

Publication: City AM

"The Artful Dodger"

2 July 2015

Publication: Washington Post

"Book Review: The Art of Forgery"

12 July 2015

Publication: Tampa Bay Times

"Book Review: The Art of Forgery"

14 July 2015

Publication: Wall Street Journal

"Video Review: The Art of Forgery"

10 July 2015

Publication: Pop Matters

"Is The Art of Forgery a Work of Art"

3 August 2015

Publication: South Bend Tribune

"Book Details Colorful History of Art Forgery"

2 August 2015

Publication: The Daily Beast

"The Art Masters Who Conned Us"

11 August 2015

Publication: TAB (Brazil)

"Roubo de Arte"

August 2015

Publication: Huffington Post

"All the Evidence That Picasso Stole the Mona Lisa"

21 Aug 2015


"Did this forger actually want smarter art experts?"

1 Sept 2015

Publication: ABC Radio (Australia) Books and Arts Show

"Noah Charney: the Art of Forgery"

1 September 2015

Publication: ORF (Germany)

"Kunst als krimi"

1 September 2015

Publication: In Arcadia Ego (Germany)

"Charney-Original Meisterfalscher"

14 Sept 2015

Publication: WOCA The Source Radio

"The Art of Forgery"

Publication: BYU Radio Sirius XFM

"Top of the Mind"

Pulication: de Volkskrant (NL)

"Kunstvervalsers zijn innemende types"

24 Sept 2015

Publication: De Afspraak (BE television)

22 Sept 2015

Publication: RTL Late Night (NL television)

24 Sept 2015

Publication: Cicero (Germany)


21 Sept 2015

Publication: ORF News (Austria)

"Die Meisterfalscher"

6 Oct 2015

Publication: NPR

"The Hidden Brain"

15 Dec 2015


"Noah Charney over de unst van het vervalsen

Publication: Books and Art (Australian Radio)

"The Art of Forgery on Books and Art"

21 Dec 2015

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