El Greco: new attribution at the Uffizi

El Greco: new attribution at the Uffizi

When the painting of  “St. John the Evangelist and St. Francis of Assisi” entered the Uffizi collection as part of a donation,  it was assumed to be a copy executed by the workshop or disciples of El Greco. Indeed a few people had seen it before and the Spanish experts of the painter had not even examined […]

Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines

The diagnostics performed on the ‘Ratto delle Sabine’ by Giambologna, at the Galleria dell’Accademia, in Florence, required many skills, since, among others, Xray, UltraSound and Geo-Radar methodologies were employed (with the help of S.T. Art-Test). The results led to unveil and understand some crucial information which was essential to plan and perform the restorative intervention which […]

Caravaggio: a copy? Multilayer shows it’s original!

Caravaggio: a copy? Multilayer shows it’s original!

The painting, which is owned by a private collector, was originally thought to be a copy of Caravaggio’s St. Jerome Writing (composed between 1607 and 1608), which is in the Oratory of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Prof. Keith Sciberras of the University of Malta says that the painting does not evince Caravaggio’s “vigor” […]

Velazquez: data confirm authenticity of Waterseller

Velazquez: data confirm authenticity of Waterseller

In preparation of the exhibition “Novecento sedotto” at Museo Bardini in Florence, restoration of the Waterseller painting of Velazquez from the collection of the Uffizi museum has taken place. Another version of the Waterseller is at the Wellington Musem in London and in Baltimore, and the attribution of the Uffizi painting to Velazquez has always been a matter […]

Leonardo: Salaì or da Vinci’s hand?

A superb painting was presented to public as it became, through a highly generous donation of Bernardo Caprotti, part of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana collection. Art-Test had the true privilege to investigate it with IR Scanner Reflectography, IR false color, UV fluorescence and Multilayer Method. It resulted as one of the most amazing paintings we ever came […]

Caravaggio: discovery of self-portrait in Bacco

A recent analysis by  Art-Test on the Caravaggio’s Bacchus has revealed the outline of a man’s face in the jug of wine in the foreground that is believed to be the self-portrait of the artist. The tiny image of the Renaissance master is hidden in a carafe of wine in his 1597 oil painting Bacchus, one […]

Raffaello: discovery of a forgotten PEARL

Art-Test contributed, with multispectral image analyses (XR, IR, VIS, UV), macrophotos and XRF results, to the finding of a lost painting by Raphael. A portrait of a woman that lay discarded for decades in the vault of a northern Italian palace is in fact the work of Renaissance great Raphael. The portrait was put in storage in […]

Pinacoteca of Siena: Art-test scans the collection

Art-Test started recently working in Siena, after winning the public competition published by Sovrintendenza of Siena and Grosseto. The project includes the analyses of a selection of masterpieces, both currently exposed and in the deposits, some of which never tested before. A database of diagnostic data, Xrays, IR reflectographies, techniques and materials concerning 100 paintings […]