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Course Description

Taught by Noah Charney, this six-hour series of lectures will illustrate how fakes and forgeries fall into their own individual category in the study of art crime, as the methodology of criminals differs considerably from other types, like theft and antiquities looting. 

Key concepts covered include:

  • An examination of how forgers operate.
  • How forgers are caught.
  • Fascinating case studies, often as entertaining as they are interesting,

Participants will come away with a deep immersion into the methods of master forgers, but also into their minds.

What You’ll Learn

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While there is no criminal profile for art thieves, there is a very specific and consistent profile for nearly all known art forgers.

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About authentication, from aspects including connoisseurship, provenance research and forensic investigation.

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About the 5 variations of the “provenance trap.”

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How to develop a criminological theory that can facilitate the study of forgers .

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Look at why art has value and how the perception of value can be manipulated.

How People Are Reacting

I took this online course as an introduction to the topic when the COVID pandemic prevented me from attending ARCA’s PG Cert program in Italy. The course gave me an exciting baseline introduction and I look forward to taking their summer professional training program next year.

Sarah Scott

As a university student taking courses in organized crime and terrorism, I wanted to understand better how art intersects with these more well known types of criminal behaviors. Professor Tijhuis and Professor Albertson gave me an excellent overview and I look forward to seeing what other courses on the subject ARCA develops.

Luis Rodriguez