Noah Charney’s App Guide to the Art of Florence
Noah has written a guided tour of the greatest art and architecture of Florence, Italy for the excellent App developer, Pocket Guide. The resulting guide is now available for download through the free Pocket Guide App. Pocket Guide Apps use GPS software to help you navigate the city you are visiting and to find the major historical and cultural sites of interest. When you reach each new site, the guide knows that you are there and automatically begins to tell you about what you see. You can control the guide, listen to a narrator tell you about the site, or you can read the information yourself. The guides feel like having a private guided tour with an informed and entertaining professor.
The guide to Florence can be tailored to any length you like. If you have only a short time in the magical city of Florence, and would like some guidance to the must-see art of the city, then this is an ideal tour. It provides a sample of the best art of Florence, from world-renowned museums to treasure-house churches. For those who would like expert advice and guidance on which works are worth the journey, then this is the only guide you will need.
All of the major art sites are included in this tour, as well as many hidden gems. Sites include: the Duomo, the Accademia (and Michelangelo’s “David”), the Uffizi (and Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”), Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio (including the story of the famous lost Leonardo painting that is being investigated in the Palazzo as we speak), the Ponte Vecchio, the Bargello (including Donatello’s “David”), the Brancacci Chapel (and Masaccio’s frescoes), and the churches of Santa Felicita and Santa Maria Novella, among others. The guide is written by best-selling author and professor of art history at American University of Rome (and author of The Secret History of Art blog series), Noah Charney, who taught art history in Florence for several years.
Noah Charney gives a talk: “A Short History of Art Forgery” at The Royal Geographical Society - April 2011
WNYC “The Leonard Lopate Show”
We are pleased to announce the release of Noah Charney’s much-anticipated new book, Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World’s Most Coveted Masterpiece, published by PublicAffairs. It tells the story of The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck, which is both the most important painting ever made and the most frequently stolen artwork in history. The book tells of the thirteen crimes of which this one, monumental, 2-ton altarpiece was the victim over the 600 years since it was painted, surviving adventures among forgers, renegade vicars, thieving curators, Austrian double-agents, Napoleon, Goring, and Hitler, to name a few. Stealing the Mystic Lamb has already received rave reviews, and is available at fine bookstores, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can meet Noah Charney at one of his rare US appearances at any of the events below.”
Sunday, October 10 / WILLIAMSTOWN MA
Lecture and booksigning
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Tuesday, October 12 / NEW HAVEN
Talk / Q&A / Booksigning
1082 Chapel Street
Wednesday, October 13 / WASHINGTON DC
7:00pm – 8pm
Talk / Q&A / Booksigning
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington DC 20006
Thursday, October 14 / NEW YORK CITY
Talk / Q&A / Booksigning
Park Ave. and 57th St
Monday, October 18 / LONDON
Talk / Q&A
The Courtauld Institute
The Strand, London
Praise for Stealing the Mystic Lamb
The chapter titles in "Stealing the Mystic Lamb" sound like Indiana Jones movies – “Thieves of Revolution and Empire,” “The Magician in the Red Turban,” “Raising the Buried Treasure” – and they’re just as action-packed. Considered a Renaissance first, a benchmark of artistic grandiosity, the treasure involved is a large 12-panel oil painting, the "Ghent Altarpiece" (also called "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.") Since its 1432 completion, the masterpiece has been stolen seven times, more than any other work in history.
STEALING THE MYSTIC LAMB
With a novelist’s sense of structure and tension, the author adds an easy familiarity with the techniques of oil painting and with the intertwining vines of art and political and religious history. He begins near the end of World War II. As the Reich’s military fortunes crumbled, the Allies scrambled to find where the Nazis concealed their tens of thousands of stolen artworks, many slated for Hitler’s proposed “super museum.” Among them was the Altarpiece. Charney pauses to describe the large work, which comprises 20 individual painted panels, hinged together. Art historians admire it not just for its supreme craftsmanship—described clearly by the author—but also for its historical significance as the world’s first major oil painting. Charney also lists a number of “firsts” that the work represents (e.g., the first to use directed spotlighting) and sketches the biography of van Eyck, which makes Shakespeare’s seem richly detailed by comparison. Commissioned to create the altarpiece for the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, van Eyck took some six years to complete it. As religious and political strife waxed and waned, the painting was always in danger. The Calvinists didn’t like it (the Catholics promptly hid it); Napoleon, perhaps history’s greatest art thief, craved it; a cathedral fire threatened it; the Germans came for it in WWI and again in WWII. Even now, one panel remains at large, though some argue that the replacement copy is actually the original.
A brisk tale of true-life heroism, villainy, artistry and passion.
-Kirkus Reviews (15 July 2010)
Noah Charney was invited by the charity Venice in Peril to talk about his twelve favorite things about Venice. The selection was published by Venice in Peril in the Fall 2009. View PDF.
On 10 August 2009, ARCA Director Noah Charney was featured on CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. In the interview guest hosted by Jane Farrow, Charney discusses ARCA's Masters Program in International Art Crime studies and he describes the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to art crime.
Art Crime @ Yale (Download
CRIME WRITING COURSE
Noah Charney will be teaching a new course on Crime Writing for Brown University. The course will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia October 8-13, 2012. For more information visit Brown University’s website (http://www.brown.edu/ce/adult/ljubljana/)