An index of the ARCA podcasts on art theft, looting, forgery, and cultural property protection.
Venice in Peril Fakes and Forgeries Lecture (Part II)02/05/2011
This podcast features Part II of Noah Charney's "The World Wishes To Be Deceived: A Brief History of Art Forgery" delivered as a part of Venice in Peril's 2nd Exclusive Art Crime Lecture held on April 5, 2011 at the Royal Geographical Society in London. In the lecture, Charney discusses the differences between fakes, forgeries, and copies as well as highlights a few of the most interesting cases from the past 500 years. Access the podcast at ARCA's iTunes page or by clicking this link.
ARCAblog Podcast: The Vinland Map20/07/2009
Reading from the research of John Yates, Yale 2010, ARCA Director Noah Charney discusses the mysteries behind Yale's acquisition of the Vinland Map. Additionally, he explains the multi-faceted controversy surrounding the authenticity of this mappa mundi, which some scholars believe is evidence supporting the theory that the Vikings were the first Europeans to land in North America. On Friday, 17 July 2009, at an international cartographers' conference in Copenhagen, Rene Larsen, rector of the School of Conservation under the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, told Reuters, "All the tests that we have done over the past five years -- on the materials and other aspects - do not show any signs of forgery." Accordingly, the map continues to make headlines. The podcast can be found here or by clicking the title of this post.
ARCAblog Podcast: The Looting of the Amber Room23/06/2009
Reading from the research of Joel Knopf, Yale '09, ARCA Director Noah Charney examines the fate of the Russian Amber Room during World War II. In addition to discussing the history of the Amber Room, this latest podcast offers some analysis of the three major theories surrounding its looting and destruction. The podcast can be found here or by clicking this post's title.
ARCAblog Podcast: The 1961 Goya Art Theft11/03/2009
In July 2008, ARCA director, Noah Charney delivered a lecture at Cambridge University which discussed the 1961 art theft of Goya's "Portrait of the Duke of Wellington," 1812-14. The theft grabbed headlines for the unusual ransom demands made for the return of the painting. The stolen Goya was even referenced in pop culture when it was shown hanging on a wall in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No. As Charney discusses, the trial that ensued after the painting's recovery helped to reshape and redefine "theft" under British common law. The podcast can be found here or by clicking this post's title as well.
ARCAblog Podcast: The 1876 Gainsborough Art Theft04/03/2009
In ARCA's first podcast, director Noah Charney, takes us on a journey through the criminal underworld of the 19th century and beyond. Beginning with the sale of the portrait of Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire (portrayed by Keira Knightley in the 2008 film The Duchess) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1787, and introducing an intriguing cast of characters from a robber baron to the first private eye to even the man whom many consider to be the most successful criminal of all time, this podcast is not to be missed! Download the podcast here.