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Session Dates

First Lecture: December 6, 2021, 19.00 – 21.00 CET
Second Lecture: December 13, 2021, 19.00 – 21.00 CET
Third Lecture: December 20, 2021, 19.00 – 21.00 CET

Zoom links will be sent out to all registered participants two days before each session. 

Course Description

Would you recognise a shocking forgery? Do you know who the most famous art forgers are? How were they caught. and how long did they spend in jail?

This six-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will illustrate how fakes and forgeries fall into their own individual category in the study of art crime, as the methodology, deceit and dupery of criminal forgers differs considerably from that of other criminals involved in art 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.


Course Instructor

Dr Noah Charney is a best-selling author, columnist, TV presenter and the founder of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art .  As a journalist he contributes regularly to The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Atlantic, Salon, The Art Newspaper, The Washington Post, and Esquire. His first novel, The Art Thief (Atria 2007), was translated into seventeen languages and was a best-seller in five countries.  A complete list of the books he has published can be viewed here.


What we will explore


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


Authentication, from aspects including connoisseurship, provenance research and forensic investigation.


The 5 variations of the “provenance trap.”


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


Why and how 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