Professional competence for the widest range of art diagnostics services
Scientific Analysis Methods
World-class scientific instruments and solutions for art analysis
Unique technologies that will answer your questions about what is on the painting and what is hidden under the superficial paint layer. The instruments employed by Art-Test are the result of a thorough and complex study carried out by experts with wide experience in this field, with the objective of optimizing both performance and portability.
Diagnostics and authentication services
We offer a wide range of solutions for all your needs in diagnostics, restoration, authentication, attribution and more. Art-Test activities are driven by true passion for art, trust in the objectivity of science and a “no non-sense” approach to always pursue our customer‘s best interest.
Based on our extensive experience we know which tests are needed in each specific situation, so we can avoid waste of precious time and money. For instance, for an authenticity check, most of the times a quick test is sufficient, while for attribution it is necessary to dive deeper employing a wide range of techniques. Therefore we offer two levels of service:
PRELIMINARY CHECK - A fast and inexpensive package of tests sufficient to uncover recent forgeries
FULL EXAMINATION - Depending on the artwork material and the evaluation objectives, the appropriate techniques will be applied and a comprehensive report will be issued with expert’s interpretation of results. We can choose from:
We collaborate with the best experts from universities, research centers, restoration labs, art historians, connoisseurs and specialists in specific techniques, styles, periods and artists. We produce comprehensive reports of our tests including interpretation of the analyses results with respect to the objectives of the examination, and the opinion of the experts.
We work with museums, labs, galleries, restorers and collectors. A few projects we have worked on:
We ensure customer’s privacy and we only show previously published projects.
We keep you updated with the key news on art analysis, diagnostics, restauration and attribution with our posts and newsletters
For Art-Test, the Aiar appointment is double. If you have missed the interesting workshop on Caravaggio last April in Empoli, you can take the opportunity to see the work of Art-Test in conjunction with S.T. Art-Test entitled “Caravaggio or not Caravaggio? Preliminary scientific evidence for the attribution of the St. John the Baptist of Empoli […]
Chinese porcelain is one of the great protagonists of the art market in recent years; but how do you prove that such pieces are worthy a relevant investment and are not fake? Experience has taught that for great quality imitations, the traditional authentication methods based on the study of style, decoration, materials and trademarks, often proved to […]
During the “7th IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS) 2015″, on November 19, a paper by L.Pronti, P. Ferrara, F.Uccheddu, A. Pelagotti and A.Piva entitled “Identification of pictorial materials by means of optimized multispectral reflectance image processing.” will be presented. The work relates to the analysis of the limits and the […]
A conference about the influence of the Lombard painter in Northern Europe is scheduled for the end of November at the Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht (NL). The conference aims to shed new light on the diversity of artistic responses derived from the works painted by Caravaggio during the first decades of the seventeenth century. Interesting is also the proposal to […]
Company – Who we are
At your service since 2005 Art-Test’s devices and a multi-skilled team of professionals sharing passion and respect for art combined with a thorough scientific background.
Our activities focus on analysis of artworks for diagnostics, restoration, authentication and attribution, but we have applied our technology to different areas such as archeology and even skin-cancer diagnostics.
A device portfolio among the most advanced, rapidity and flexibility of operation as you should expect from a modern private enterprise, and a highly professional approach constantly aiming at customer satisfaction, are the key success factors that have taken Art-Test to a leading position in the market.
Art-Test has a network of public and private partners enabling us to further broaden our offer and let our customers enjoy privileged rates.
Art-Test is based in Florence, home to a quarter of world’s top artworks (Unesco) in the heart of Italy, and opening an office in Brussels at the heart of Western Europe (with fast connections from Paris, London, Amsterdam and Cologne).