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Silvia Fiaschi

Silvia Fiaschi

Silvia, how did you become a restorer? What was your training path? Since primary school I have shown a certain predisposition to drawing and manual skills that my family has always supported by enrolling me in private painting courses. Attending the Martenot Art...

4 fairs in 4 days

4 fairs in 4 days

After a couple of years of hesitation and postponements, 4 of the most important art & antiques fairs decided to open in the same period. Art Basel was held from June 16th to 19th, then BRAFA in Brussels from June 19th to 26th, TEFAF is running in Maastricht (NL)...

Green gold

Green gold

How "natural" is the countryside? How has it changed over the centuries and why? To answer these questions, paintings are also useful, as they are sort of snapshots of the past. At the beginning of the fifteenth century, Luca del Sera, a partner of Francesco di Marco...

Do not miss Florence Heritech

Do not miss Florence Heritech

After an “online only” last edition and with the goal to create synergy between Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, the conference Florence Heritech will take place in Florence from 16 to 18 May 2022, in same place and at the same time as the Florence Biennial Art...

Russian fakes, anyone?

Russian fakes, anyone?

Crypto currency, NFT and a (fake?) Kandinsky for sale on a Russian website “to help the soldiers of Donbass” The Terricon Project, Art for Victory, selling art, is being advertised online apparently “to help those in need” because of the war, i.e.. Russians, trying to...

Kyoko Nakahara

Kyoko Nakahara

Kyoko, how did you become a restorer? What was your educational path? I have always enjoyed the world of art, especially painting and music, since childhood; my parents took me to painting courses for children; at home I admired the collections of international art...

Rediscover beauty

Rediscover beauty

On March 26, after a careful restoration, the Annunciation by Giovanni Balducci returned to its place in the Church of Santo Jacopo and Filippo in Scarperia. It is back to shine and enchant again, thanks to an accurate restoration that made use of the analyses...

Let’s meet in Florence!

Let’s meet in Florence!

The 8th Edition 2022 of the Florence Art and Restoration Fair (on site and online) and the 3rd Edition of the International Conference Florence Heri-Tech (on site) will be held simultaneously from 16 to 18 May 2022: a national and international event, dedicated to the...

Who owns public art?

Who owns public art?

The British Museum refuses to allow scans of the Parthenon marbles. Resulting replicas could be offered to them if they consented the marbles to be returned to Greece. Let’s imagine you want to study a work of art currently in the collection of a state or municipal...

Capital of Italian Culture for 2022: Procida

Capital of Italian Culture for 2022: Procida

On April 9th, with the delays due to the pandemic, a historic year for this small island was inaugurated! Here comes the hope that thanks to culture, which will never isolate anyone, there will be a new Renaissance. Minister Franceschini in his greeting speech...

A new Michelangiolo?

A new Michelangiolo?

A drawing at auction in Paris in May 2022 Great news are shaking the world of art collecting: next May, in Paris, Christie’s will put on sale, during the auction “Maîtres anciens et du XIXe siècle”, a rare early drawing by Michelangelo, which could reach the...

Interview to Lucia Dori

Interview to Lucia Dori

Lucia discovered restoration as a child, and was one of the first students of the courses held by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. Lucia Dori is one of the best known restorers in Florence. Her workshop, which she shares with her brother Andrea, deals with...

Peace and war

Peace and war

There are many works of art that portray battles, deaths, shootings, drawn swords … War in short. Instead, there are far fewer who choose Peace as a subject, perhaps because war has always been much more frequented by men than Peace. One of these was painted by Peter...

The only “Taking of Odessa”

The only “Taking of Odessa”

Ad Odessa, nel “Museo di Arte Occidentale e Orientale,” era, e speriamo lo sia ancora, conservata una delle numerose versioni de «La Cattura di Cristo», ovvero la rappresentazione della scena del Nuovo Testamento dell’arresto di Gesù. La scena si compie nell’ora più...

War Archaeologist

War Archaeologist

In such a difficult moment, in which memory goes back to tragic images that are so close to what we have unfortunately already seen, we believe it is important to give voice to the professionals within our world who make a very important and positive contribution. A...

Join us during a diagnostic campaign!

Join us during a diagnostic campaign!

An unknown man, upside down The principle that Art–Test uses in proposing a diagnostic campaign on a work for which there is no historical-artistic reference other than family memories or vague information, it is to begin to investigate with a minimum...

You should avoid making mistakes

You should avoid making mistakes

Stefano Garosi, one of the best known Florentine restorers tell us about his long experience in the field Stefano, how did you become a restorer? What was your training path? It was a tortuous journey, a bit like being on a roller coaster. I come from a dynasty...

Alessandra D’Elia

Alessandra D’Elia

Alessandra, how did you become a restorer?  At the end of my high school studies, I accidentally attended a series of conferences on restoration at the University of Lecce and I was fascinated by the presentation of the book on the restoration of the Sistine...

The African Sienese

The African Sienese

What is doing in Ethiopia a wooden triptych apparently from the Sienese school? “The image of Our Lord Jesus Christ”, considered being the oldest African icon and exhibited to believers only once a year, was first described by Diana Spencer, an English art historian,...

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