The World Wishes to be Deceived 

A Brief History of Art Forgery 

October 10 • 6:00p

Guest Lecturer

Noah Charney

FIA Theater

FIA members-only event

Art has been forged for as long as it has had value. And yet, forgers represent an oddity in the world of crime; they are convicted criminals. The general public tends to find them intriguing and admirable for their talent and ability to hoodwink the so-called experts. But forgery has quite literally changed history, and is not simply about Robin Hood-like illusionists pulling the wool over the eyes of the elite. This talk will bring us inside the history of art forgery, highlighting some of the most interesting, important, and engaging stories, while also taking us inside the mind of the forgers themselves.

Dr. Noah Charney is a professor of art history, columnist, and international best-selling author. His books include The Art of Forgery, The Art Thief, Stealing the Mystic Lamb, and the forthcoming Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art. His writing appears regularly in Salon, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Observer, and the Guardian, for which he teaches a masterclass called “How to Write About Art.” He regularly appears on television, recently featured on the BBC and National Geographic. He lives in Slovenia.



The Thompson Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Thompson to enable the Flint Institute of Arts to present a distinguished speaker in the arts or humanities each year. The Thompson Lecture is one of the Institute’s few members-only events and was established, in part, to attract new members to the FIA.