Art-Test in the land of the rising sun!


“Geijutsu Schincho” is a well-known Japanese magazine, dealing with art, history, photography and design. The last special issue was devoted to the exhibition “Art in Florence, from Botticelli to Bronzino, towards a modern style” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 11th October- 14th December2014. This important exhibition aims at illustrating the evolution of the Florentine way of painting between the XV and the XVI centuries, and the importance the Medici family had in this context, together with the other collectors and patrons.
It is the first time that such a large collection (about 80 artworks) moves to Japan. Names like Andrea del Sarto, Jacopo Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Agnolo Bronzino and Sandro Botticelli, are in the list. The magazine dedicates a large section also to cultural and historical places at large in Florence, including the Santa Felicita church, the Istituto degli Innocenti, Galleria Palatina and so forth. However, the star remains the Galleria degli Uffizi, with an exclusive interview to the Director, Antonio Natali.
A large section is devoted to the Bacco painting by Caravaggio (1596-97), focusing on the recent discovery, made by Art-Test together with Dr. Roberta Lapucci, of the lost tiny self portrait in it. Once visible, but forgotten, it had been covered by layers of oxidized varnishes, and was not to be seen with the naked eye. It appeared clearly only in the mulspectral IR reflectography images acquired during the diagnostic campaign assigned to Art-Test in the framework of a larger study on several paintings by  Caravaggio.
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