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Rubens anyone? Brafa report from Bruxelles

Rubens anyone? Brafa report from Bruxelles

Museum pieces again this year at BRAFA in Brussels. Far from the haughtiness of TEFAF, the Belgians continue to attract more and more visitors (64 thousand against the 61 thousand of the 2017 edition) and to offer very interesting objects. The star of the exhibition is definitely a RUBENS, recently rediscovered, after appearing at Christie’s auction in […]

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Why not specialize in Crimes against Cultural Heritage?

Why not specialize in Crimes against Cultural Heritage?

The 4th edition of the Master in Legal Archeology and Crimes against Cultural Heritage, based in Rome, will begin in March 2018. This course, organized by the CSC, “Center for Criminological, Legal and Sociological Studies” of Viterbo, in collaboration with the “Osservatorio Internazionale Archeomafie”, aims to prepare professional profiles on the objectives, modus operandi, strategies and […]

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Show and tell: in Aosta, an intelligent exhibition

Show and tell: in Aosta, an intelligent exhibition

What is the purpose of exhibitions? To lengthen the CV of the curators, or to offer opportunities for in-depth study for everyone, from scholars to simple enthusiasts? In the case of the exhibition “La Strage degli Innocenti. Manifesto of Raphaelism by Guido Reni “, inaugurated on January 13th and open until February 18th in Aosta, there […]

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Art conservation meets science at Florence Heri-Tech

Art conservation meets science at Florence Heri-Tech

The next Salone dell’Arte e del Restauro will be on 16-18 May ’18 at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence (I). This year’s edition presents an important new element: alongside the usual event, an international conference Florence Heri-tech has been organized (deadline for abstracts submission 15 Nov ’17). The international scientific community will gather to discuss about conservation, diagnostic and fruition […]

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Extraordinary artworks on exhibition, but a lost opportunity aswell

Extraordinary artworks on exhibition, but a lost opportunity aswell

An astonishing sixteenth century Florentine school painting exhibition is currently on display at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Some of the masterpieces of Western art have been gathered for this occasion, including the massive altarpieces “Deposition from the cross” of Volterra (1521) by Rosso Fiorentino and “Deposition of Santa Felicita” (1525-1528) by Pontormo. Also on display e.g. the sculpture “River […]

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Leonardo: is it the real deal?

Leonardo: is it the real deal?

  The “Salvator Mundi”, recently rediscovered and attributed to Leonardo, goes to auction at Christie’s, with an estimated value of about $ 100M. Will it be sold? Will it come back to Italy? With all the spotlights on this painting, someone started playing devil’s advocate, questioning the authorship, pointing to some alleged mistakes in the representation of the orb […]

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Elegance from the East: New Insights from Old Porcelain

Elegance from the East: New Insights from Old Porcelain

Art and Science are close in many ways. “Elegance from the East, insights from old porcelain” (Indianapolis Museum of Art, till 22nd October)  explores the popularity and variety of Chinese porcelain objects made for export to Western consumers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Chinese artists customized their traditional forms and decoration for European and American […]

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Is it Michelangelo? Are we on the verge of a new discovery?

Is it Michelangelo? Are we on the verge of a new discovery?

Art-Test has been called to shed light on the matter in a small church near Florence Who painted the “Pietà di Marcialla”? The issue has been debated for many years, but only on last 9th of May the first analyses were carried out on the wall painting in Santa Maria a Marcialla, a small church on the […]

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Goya at Pontedera before taking the flight to the Hermitage!

Goya at Pontedera before taking the flight to the Hermitage!

From June 15th  to August 10th, the PALP (Palazzo Pretorio di Pontedera) will host the exhibition “Goya and Guido Reni. Art Treasures at the Palp”. Two intense self-portraits of Goya, one of 1771 and the other of 1782 will be shown to the public after years of specialist study, accompanied by the diagnostic campaign conducted by Art-Test. The scientific […]

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Art-Test seeking Michelangelo

Art-Test seeking Michelangelo

Is it Michelangelo? Are we on the verge of a new discovery? Art-Test has been called to shed light on the matter in a small church near Florence Who painted the “Pietà di Marcialla”? The issue has been debated for many years, but only on last 9th of May the first analyses were carried out […]

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Art Diagnostics: The G7 Declaration Of Florence, And Happy Easter!

Art Diagnostics: The G7 Declaration Of Florence, And Happy Easter!

In the picture the Palmira Arch, destroyed by IS, virtually reconstructed and 3D “printed”. The artwork was exposed before Palazzo Vecchio in Florence during the G7 of Culture Meeting. Florence hosted the first G7 of culture or the Summit of Ministers of Culture of the seven most developed countries (United States, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Canada). […]

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Rape of the Sabines: a 4,10 m tall bozzetto!

Rape of the Sabines: a 4,10 m tall bozzetto!

It is not, and it was not, a common practice to make full size models for statues. But apparently Giambologna (Jean de Boulogne), at the time of this commission for Piazza della Signoria in Florence, was best known for “small” things, and he wanted to immediately silence who did not trust his abilities to work […]

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Which came first the egg (tempera) or the antependium?

Which came first the egg (tempera) or the antependium?

How did polyptichs appear? Was the Byzantine Icon to move to the altar, or was it the antependium? Why from preparing the wooden panels with parchment and two layers of gesso, gilding became limited to frames? What are the roads followed by icons and art objects in their passage from East to West? How was the […]

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Where do you buy masterpieces?

Where do you buy masterpieces?

In the year of Hieronymus Bosch (500 years after his death) to see his works you could go to his hometown, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, (or, as the Dutch say, Den Bosch) in the Netherlands, otherwise in Vienna or Berlin… To buy them instead, you could go to BRAFA, the antique fair in Brussels, where available for sale were the […]

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Lost and found 

Lost and found 

Under three of the paintings decorating the altars designed between 1565 and 1570 by Giorgio Vasari for Santa Maria Novella, a series of mural paintings were discovered – dating from the end of ‘200 to the beginning of’ 500. The altars were meant to beautify and modernize the Dominican church of Florence, however they only covered pre-existing frescos, […]

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Learn how to fight fakes with a Master

Learn how to fight fakes with a Master

The trade of fake artworks is a crime. But what is a fake, and how can you recognize it? Last January 14th Art-Test Florence held a lecture on“TECHNIQUES OF SCIENTIFIC DATING – Artistic and architectural heritage, artworks origin analysis and false works recognition through scientific testing. Case Studies”. The Master in “Judicial frauds and Crimes against […]

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Art-Test moved!

Art-Test moved!

We have chosen a new, more prestigious location. The new building ,Palazzo Frescobaldi, is way more central,with just a 5 min walk from Ponte Vecchio, but more importantly it offers an increased security level for our customers, thanks to a 24/7 guard at the entrance . We will throw a party in spring to celebrate, as […]

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Art is Science 2016

Art is Science 2016

As usual by this time of the year, AIAr organizes a new edition of “Scienza e’ Arte”. And Art-Test takes part in one of the events. This time we will be in Paestum! The museum of the Archaeological Park hosted a particularly interesting exhibition entitled “Possession”. During the exhibition, AiAr, with its institutional partners and the companies in its network (among […]

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Are they False? Fake? Copies? How to assess it? 

Are they False? Fake? Copies? How to assess it? 

The eye is not enough but an incomplete diagnostics campaign is also not enough We say that the best way to assess the essence of a person is to look into their eyes, which are the mirror of the soul. But these same eyes, when used to judge a work of art, may be an […]

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Analysing the Scapigliata by Leonardo

Analysing the Scapigliata by Leonardo

The wonderful “Female Head” of Leonardo, also known as “Scapigliata” or “Lady of disheveled hair” preserved at the National Gallery of Parma,  represented for Leonardo da Vinci a sort of manifesto of his status of excellent painter and, at the same time, a sort of a safe-conduct for his habit of not finishing his paintings, according to the […]

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A small island with big plans!

A small island with big plans!

Procida, a small island in the bay of Naples, became the protagonist of a conference focused on the possibility for it of being a recuperation model in the broadest sense. Its historical heritage could in fact become the engine of economic and cultural wealth. “The Island of Procida: the sustainable rebirth and the beauty economy” is the title […]

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The world needs beauty!

The world needs beauty!

Pope Francis in one of his first posts on Instagram seems to be idling talking about beauty. One may wonder, aren’t there more serious problems? Should he not better speak of poverty, of hunger in the world? Or is it true that we all indeed do need beauty in our lives, independently from our conditions? […]

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Paintings out of jail: the restoration of the paintings of Porto Azzurro.

Paintings out of jail: the restoration of the paintings of Porto Azzurro.

On the 9th of April, at SACI (www.saci.florence.edu) a symposium was held on the paintings belonging to the Church of San Giacomo Maggiore the Fort of Elba, now the chapel of the current penitentiary. The Symposium was an interesting opportunity to learn, thanks to the Superintendent of Pisa, Dott. Francesco D’Anselmo, the official Amedeo Mercurio and to Dr. […]

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Fake? I’ll buy it! 

Fake? I’ll buy it! 

At the upcoming auction “14th to 20th century paintings” scheduled for the 17th of May in Florence at Pandolfini’s auction house, a “Madonna with the Child and an angel” on wood, 59×42 cm, 112×77 cm with frame, painted by the well-known forger Umberto Giunti (Siena 1886-1970) is offered with an estimate of 8000/12000 euros. Not a novelty in […]

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A new Rembrandt. 3D printed

A new Rembrandt. 3D printed

The quintessence of Rembrandt. The subject of the painting (a white man, aged between 30 and 40, with beard and moustaches, typical eyes, nose, mouth, facial proportions and dressed in the characteristic Dutch clothes), the brushstrokes, the shading of light.. all formal values point towards one painter: Rembrandt. No part betrays an imitator, or may […]

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CARAVAGGIO OR NOT CARAVAGGIO?

CARAVAGGIO OR NOT CARAVAGGIO?

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 […]

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MADE IN CHINA: GENUINE OR FAKE?

MADE IN CHINA: GENUINE OR FAKE?

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 […]

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No Photoshop, thanks! WIFS 2015

No Photoshop, thanks! WIFS 2015

  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 […]

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Caravaggio keeps raising interest

Caravaggio keeps raising interest

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 […]

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Art and(is) Science

Art and(is) Science

We are happy to invite you to “Sotto-sopra, quando le indagini rivoluzionano la conoscenza di un’opera d’arte!” : an event conceived by S.T.Art-Test  and Art-test, and organized in collaboration with the Gallery of Modern Art and the Culture Department of the City of Palermo, and the “Youth Committee: Sicily region – Italian National Commission for […]

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A hidden magician!

A hidden magician!

The exhibition dedicated to ‘Carlo Dolci 1616-1687′ is in full swing at the Palatine Gallery in Florence, with about seventy works on display (including many from prestigious international museums, like the British Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre in Paris , and the Alte Pinakothek in Munich of Bavaria) in dialogue with works by […]

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Art and(is) Science: together again

Art and(is) Science: together again

Preparations are underway for the second edition and Art and(is) Science! Following the success of last year, Aiar (Italian Association of Archaeometry) organizes for the first weekend of November, together with the initiative of Mibact “A Sunday at the Museum”, a new national meeting entirely dedicated to the interaction between art and science, culture, society […]

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Dolci: sweet name, icy brush

Dolci: sweet name, icy brush

Carlo Dolci a patient technique Carlo Dolci, said Carlino, a beloved and acclaimed artist by the critics of his time, considered the greatest Florentine painter of the seventeenth century, contended by European nobility (although he almost never left the Tuscan territory), is now back in the spotlight thanks to the monographic exhibition running until November […]

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Goya: positive test

Goya: positive test

Recently published by Etgraphiae, the relevant book “Goya through his self-portraits” by Paolo Erasto Mangiante, already author of the fundamental book “Goya and Italy” (Palombi Editore). In his latest book the author provides a new interpretation of the many self-portraits by Goya, identifying five categories, and through them tracing the often dramatic events of the life of the Aragonese […]

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When technique matters: extraordinary effects, extraordinary losses.

When technique matters: extraordinary effects, extraordinary losses.

Piero di Cosimo On show this summer in Florence the monographic exhibition “Piero di Cosimo eccentric painter between Renaissance and Mannerism” (Uffizi, until 27/9), following the one recently concluded at National Gallery of Art in Washington. Lent to Washington and now worth a visit in Florence, among others the extraordinary “Liberation of Andromeda“, as according […]

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“The great beauty” for the TECHNART 2015 Conference.

“The great beauty” for the TECHNART 2015 Conference.

 Researchers from more than 50 nations met in Catania debating on advanced diagnostics for the works of art. Different approaches to diagnostics and conservation of artworks, and new analytical methodologies were presented during a 3 day high level scientific international conference taking place in Sicily. These new devices mainly address the non-invasive study of original, […]

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Is there work in science for cultural heritage?

Is there work in science for cultural heritage?

 In Ferrara to discuss the future of this discipline During the next edition of the Restoration Fair in Ferrara, held from May 6-9, 2015, Art-Test will be present in a stand shared with partners and collaborators of AIAr (Italian Association of Archeometry) as well as at a meeting on Friday, May 8th, titled: “Are there […]

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AN  UNFORGETTABLE (OUT)LOOK

AN UNFORGETTABLE (OUT)LOOK

Caravaggio or not Caravaggio? A report on the 11th April Study Day “The Mother of Caravaggio is always pregnant”, is the title of a provocative pamphlet by Tomaso Montanari, meant to emphasize how often we talk about discoveries without the support of adequate research. This is not the case of the painting from Empoli, for […]

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A quiz, again, Caravaggio in Empoli?

A quiz, again, Caravaggio in Empoli?

Saturday, April 11 2015, the Church of St Stephen Augustinian in Empoli will host the workshop“From Caravaggio. The San Giovanni Battista Costa and his copies” moderated by Prof. Bruno Santi. This subject had a great fortune, in Italy and abroad. There are at least 8 known versions of this painting, with different and controversial attributions. Which […]

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Technart, the Italian edition.

Technart, the Italian edition.

The 2015 edition of Technart: the biennial international conference for the promotion and the meeting of experts of science applied to cultural heritage is approaching. The event, organized by Southern National Laboratories of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, the Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali and the University of Catania (Department of Chemistry) […]

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At Restoration Fair Ferrara … with AIAr!

At Restoration Fair Ferrara … with AIAr!

The annual Restoration Fair Ferrara will open again from 6 to 9 May 2015! Art-Test and S.T.Art-Test await you at the AIAr, Italian Association of Archaeometrybooth. This network of firms active in the Cultural Heritage field will present its activities geared to the dissemination of achievements and scientific research in the field. A workshop has […]

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Art-Test…to watch!

Art-Test…to watch!

The Art Test channel on Youtube is born! You can finally see some videos of our work, including the report that the Rai TV program “Superquark” dedicated to the discovery of the authenticity of a Caravaggio painting in collaboration with Roberta Lapucci, and the presentation “Beyond Gold. More than meets the eyes” with some of […]

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FIAT LUX! Photonics to the benefit of art!

FIAT LUX! Photonics to the benefit of art!

UNESCO has declared 2015 the year of light, to spread knowledge and awareness on how this is, in its broadest sense, from LED light bulbs to X-rays, through optical fibers, an excellent resource for addressing global challenges concerning health, sustainability, growth and … ART! During the grand opening ceremony in Paris attended by five Nobel […]

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Piero di Cosimo in America!

Piero di Cosimo in America!

For the first time the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is co-organizer of an exhibition along with another museum; we are referring to the first major retrospective of Piero di Cosimo, that the National Gallery of Art in Washington is hosting from February 1st to May 3rd, 2015: “Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in […]

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European Art’s path…to the Bozar!

European Art’s path…to the Bozar!

Concluding the semester of Italian Presidency of the EU Council and the exhibition “Ars Narrandi in Euope’s Gothic Age” at the Bozar, i.e. the Centre de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, (exhibition to be hosted from March 21 to August 17, 2015 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen), a symposium entitled “Path to Europe: influences and […]

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Under the hammer

Under the hammer

The news that, after forty years of “absence”, a Caravaggio will be put for sale has aroused great interest among the press, the curious and collectors. Between 27 and 29 of January, Christie’s will propose, as part of the Old Masters Week, the oil on canvas Boy peeling a fruit of which there are at least ten versions and […]

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Aiar

Aiar

The Italian Association of Archaeometry (AIAR) has initiated a coordination between companies operating in the sector of Cultural Heritage (multinationals, small and medium enterprises or spin-offs), thanks to the initiative of young people who have trained at several institutions and Universities and who are now (or have been) members of the AIAR. The purpose of these […]

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Happy Holidays from Art-Test!

Happy Holidays from Art-Test!

Here is the adoration of the Shepherds by Andrea di Niccolò (1470-1480), from the Conservatory of Santa Maria Maddalena in Siena and now in the Pinacoteca Nazionale. We have selected it to illustrate not only the nativity, but also our love for art and our satisfaction for discoveries which are possible through our research. The results of scientific analyzes tell […]

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Contemporaneamente Art-Test

Contemporaneamente Art-Test

We are pleased to invite you to the conference “DIAGNOSTIC AND RESTORATION OF CONTEMPORARY ARTWORKS. WHICH MEANS TO USE?” Organized by Art – Test Firenze in collaboration with the Institute for Art and Restoration Palazzo Spinelli. At CONTEMPORANEAMENTE 2014, a project that combines art, design, craft and contemporary culture, produced by Associazione Via Maggio (and […]

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Back to learning, art and science

Back to learning, art and science

On the 12th and 13th December is the first National event dedicated to the interaction between art and science, a two-day of studies and insights about the relationship between art, science and culture . S.T.Art-Test , the diagnostic services company with which Art-Test Firenze collaborates, participate in the initiative, taking place at the Archaeological Museum […]

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The Restoration fair in Florence is back: Save the date!!

The Restoration fair in Florence is back: Save the date!!

From the 13th to the 15th of November, Florence hosts the important Italian restoration biannual fair dedicated to paintings. Three days for the most important Italian and non-Italian realities in the field to meet, share and debate experience and achievements. How to combine art, technology and knowledge will be the central topic for this fourth […]

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Ars Narrandi in Europe’s Gothic Age, Siena and Art-Test at the BOZAR in Bruxelles

Ars Narrandi in Europe’s Gothic Age, Siena and Art-Test at the BOZAR in Bruxelles

More than 800 people took part to the inauguration of the exhibition “Painting from Siena: Ars Narrandi in Europe’s Gothic Age”, last September 9th at the Palais de Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. Also the President of the European Commission, Jose’ Manuel Barroso, joined the event, (and in his speech mentioned his love for Siena), together […]

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Art-Test in the land of the rising sun!

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 […]

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Siena for IT presidency of EU in Brussels

Siena for IT presidency of EU in Brussels

Among the initiatives for the Italian Semester of Presidency of the European Union (1st July- 31st Dec 2014), the exhibition “Ars Narrandi in the Gothic Age of Europe” (9/11 2014 – 18/1 2015) will enchant visitors at the BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) of Bruxelles. The collaboration between Pinacoteca di Siena and the Musée des Beaux-Artes […]

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Groundbreaking reference database in Siena built upon Art-Test scans and data

Groundbreaking reference database in Siena built upon Art-Test scans and data

Art-Test started just recently working in Siena, on this extensive database, 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 […]

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Art Diagnostics as far as Azerbaijan

Art Diagnostics as far as Azerbaijan

The Association YOuth in COnservation of CUltural heritage (YOCOCU) was born 6 years ago, to favour contacts and build a concrete network of young professionals in art conservation, covering a wide range of expertises. The firs three conferences were held between Italy and Belgium (Roma 2008, Palermo 2010 and Antwerp 2012), however for this year […]

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Coming soon! Ligozzi in Florence

Coming soon! Ligozzi in Florence

Will be inaugurated in a few days the monographic exposition of Jacopo Ligozzi “pittore universalissimo” (Verona 1547- Firenze 1627)  at Galleria Palatina in Florence (27 May – 28 September 2014) realized jointly with Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi. The work of such talented artist, active for many years in Florence is thoroughly […]

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Art-Test on the move!

Art-Test on the move!

The no-profit e Authentication in Art (A.I.A.) Foundation, established in 2012, chaired by Prof. Dr Nico Schrijver, comprises a group of international art world professionals (including international collectors, art historians, art market professionals, financial institutions, legal advisers, trust & estate practitioners and other stakeholders in the international art market). The Congress of 2014 was intended […]

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Pontormo under the skin

Pontormo under the skin

You have time until the 20th of July to admire Pontormo’s restored “Sacra Conversazione”(also known as Pala Pucci) before it returns to its original venue, the Florentine church of San Michele in Visdomini. This masterpiece was highly praised by Giorgio Vasari, who wrote it was “the most notable panel ever made by Pontormo”. It was […]

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…. glimpsing …. Leonardo

…. glimpsing …. Leonardo

The 11th of April a superb painting was presented to public as it became, through a highly generous donation of Bernardo Caprotti, part of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana collection. We had the true privilege to investigate it with IR Scanner Reflectography, IR false color, UV fluorescenze and Multilayer Method. It resulted as one of the most […]

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An everthing but small “bozzetto”

An everthing but small “bozzetto”

We start chronologically from when in March, the diagnostics performed on the ‘Ratto delle Sabine’ by Giambologna, at the Galleria dell’Accademia, in Florence, was presented. This work, which took some time and many skills, since, among others, Xray, UltraSound and Geo-Radar (with the help of S.T. Art-Test) methodologies were employed, led to unveil and understand […]

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Ribera ..”won back”!

Ribera ..”won back”!

San Paolo Bank sponsored, this year as well, some restoration works of neglected or needing artworks. Among the most prestigious pieces the “Cristo in meditazione” by Ribera of the Galleria Palatina of Florence was restored by Anna Teresa Monti. The painting with the original signature, was covered by a thick varnish layer and was interested […]

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Rich2012

Rich2012

On last December 3rd and 4th, the conference “Robotic Innovation for Cultural Heritage” was held in Venice. Expert of robotic systems, scientists and professionals gathered to evaluate the potentials that this discipline has to offer to diagnostics and conservation of artworks, especially in difficult conditions. A large interest was shown for automatic systems capable of […]

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“Art and Restoration Fair”: New product introductions

“Art and Restoration Fair”: New product introductions

During the three days of the Fair, Art-Test Firenze has presented an international exclusive novelty, the XRF scanner. In addition to the chemical characterization of surface painting materials, the scanner can obtain images of the colors hidden beneath them. Stay tuned for more details… The advanced technology of the Multilayer® method has received growing interest, […]

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An original Self Portrait

An original Self Portrait

Bought at auction as copy, it was confirmed original with the help of the diagnostic analyses performed by Art-Test Florence During the SACI Symposium “Recognizing original artworks”, the self-portrait of Johan Zoffany (1777) has been presented. It was sold at an auction as a copy and it has been recently restored. The artwork shows the […]

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Case studies, methodological research, new conservation problems

Case studies, methodological research, new conservation problems

The International Week for Cultural and Environmental Heritage, Florens 2012, is scheduled to take place in Florence from November 3 to 11. The programme (www.fondazioneflorens.it) includes, with more than 350 lecturers from all over the world, more than 40 meetings, lectio magistralis, round tables, events and urban installations, cultural happenings and musical events. Il Salone […]

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International Symposium

International Symposium

“Is there a rule to affirm with certainty whether a fine painting was made by the hands of one or another master, and what is the safest way to set up your very good judgment?” wrote, centuries ago, Filippo Baldinucci, the Florentine art historian to his friend Vincenzo Capponi. The matter of attribution will be […]

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Caravaggio’s ‘Portrait of a gentleman

Caravaggio’s ‘Portrait of a gentleman': new discoveries on a touchscreen display.

With an excellent example of museum management, the Museo Civico of Montepulciano puts technology at visitors’ service offering an absolutely innovative opportunity to navigate the secrets of one of its finest pieces: the “Portrait of a Gentleman” recently investigated by Art-Test Firenze, restored by Mary Lippi, and attributed to Caravaggio by Prof. Massimo Pulini. Too […]

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The “PORTRAIT OF A CARDINAL” leaves Italy for the first time.

In the catalog it is explained how the canvas, which is part of the Gioviana’s Series in the Uffizi, was attributed to Caravaggio by John Spike in 1995, and how it was recently confirmed in this proposal by Gianni Papi, who also recognizes in the portrait, not the Cardinal Baronius, as stated by the writing, […]

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Investigated: Tiziano

Investigated: Tiziano

“The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence” returns to Alba and reveals an apparent self-portrait of the Master.  The restoration of Titian’s masterpiece  “The Martyrdom of St Lawrence” required a complex work, lasting about a year time. But diagnostics and conservation intervention, funded by the Bank of Alba, breathes new life into Titian’s work.  In fact, the […]

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A precious return. The Crucifix at Fuligno’s Cenacolo

A precious return. The Crucifix at Fuligno’s Cenacolo

On Saturday May 19, in the beautiful location of the ancient Cenacolo di Fuligno museum in Florence, was held the official presentation of “Il Crocifisso del Fuligno”. The book documents the restoration intervention performed on the precious wooden crucifix , unattributed but dated to 1495-1500, and close to Benedetto da Maiano school. The publication goes […]

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Caravaggio’s Seminar: the very First Medusa presented in Uppsala.

Caravaggio, the very First Medusa: University of Uppsala, April 25, 2012. Dr. Federica Gasparrini, Professor at University of Florence, and Dr. Eng. Anna Pelagotti, for Art-Test, went through the scientific research and images showing the techniques used by Caravaggio on the two Medusas, Murtola and Medici’s one. The lecture has showed incontrovertible findings on diagnostic […]

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Baldovinetti “visite” Paris

Baldovinetti “visite” Paris

The painting by Alessio Baldovinetti of the Uffizi collection, on which Art-Test performed IR reflectography, UV fluorescence and some chemical tests on a microsample, is now  in Paris at an important exposition, which gained the first cover of Le Figaro.

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A forgotten Raphael

A forgotten Raphael

As a result of the investigation of Art-Test, together with the studies of the restorer Lisa Venerosi Pesciolini, and the art-historian Mario Scalini, a forgotten Raphael was discover in Mantova. Now the story is also on Wikipedia.

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Multilayer

A breakthrough exclusive technology (patented by Art-Test) that produces an image stratigraphy of the painting surface. A non-invasive method that allows to look underneath varnishes and retouches without the need to physically remove them. The ultimate solution for conservators and art historians!

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