True tales of lost art, built around case studies of famous works, their creators, and stories of disappearance and recovery
From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery comes this dynamic narrative that tells the fascinating stories of artworks...Read More
From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery comes this dynamic narrative that tells the fascinating stories of artworks stolen, looted, or destroyed in war, accidentally demolished or discarded, lost at sea or in natural disasters, or attacked by iconoclasts or vandals; works that were intentionally temporal, knowingly destroyed by the artists themselves or their patrons, covered over with paint or plaster, or recycled for their materials. An exciting read that spans the centuries and the continents.
Noah Charney is a professor of art history and the founder and president of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA). He has published hundreds of articles in magazines such as the Guardian, the Washington Post, Salon, the Art Newspaper, the Observer, Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, and many more. He also appears regularly on radio and television for the BBC, ITV, NPR, National Geographic, Travel Channel and others. He is the Pulitzer-nominated author of twelve books, several international best-sellers, among them the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art (2017) and Phaidon's bestselling The Art of Forgery (2015). He lives in Slovenia with his family and their hairless dog, Hubert van Eyck.
"From the bestselling author [...] Noah Charney... A dynamic narrative... Fascinating stories... Provides a stark reminder of the fragility of the world's treasures." - ArtsBeat
"Charney picks out some of the greatest lost cultural artifacts in history and tells vivid tales of their bitter ends." - Bloomberg Online
"Lost art still has a key role in our culture... The were seven wonders in the ancient world. None has survived, save the great pyramids. Yet these long-vanished marvels still loom large in our cultural memory... Noah Charney curates a collection of masterpieces that, destroyed, misplace or stolen, may no longer be seen. Yet they play a crucial role in our culture... It becomes apparent that it is the very "lost-ness" of these pieces that is integral to their identity... Lost artworks belong less to our world than to the land of myth... Lost art can never disappoint... A museum of lost art would contain more masterpieces than all existing museums, this book suggests. It may sound like a sad statistic. But then you realize that the wonder that the art first inspired can still very much be found." - The Times, Saturday Review
"Engaging, surprising, amusing and often tragic." - Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus, National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution
"It's a beautifully illustrated guide to art, to whom, fate has often been astonishingly cruel." - The Buffalo News Online
"The Museum of Lost Art carefully documents how the violence and vagaries of war, looting, accidents, vandalism and natural disasters will always wreak havoc on art and why the protection of works against these kinds of dangers is vital." - Economist.com