How many treasures still in private collections!

May 19, 2024 | Authentications & attributions, Cutural Heritage, International Cooperation

In recent months, we have collaborated with the Fitzwilliam Museum (UK), particularly with Dr. Flavia Fiorillo, an expert researcher in non-invasive investigations of paintings, books, and manuscripts, for a study on a highly significant early-period painting, now in the collection of an important Florentine family.

We provided scanning IR reflectography (IRR) and X-rays services, in addition to multimodal photography. The initial results of the investigations were delivered within a few hours, allowing to continue studying the work in person with analyses in hand.

In the photo, the laboratories of Art-Test where curator Dr. Lucy Wrapson (Assistant to the Director/Senior Painting Conservator) and art historian Dr. Donald Cooper were able to begin studying the initial results of the investigations carried out a few hours earlier, while the artwork was still nearby.

Unveiling the hidden layers of pigments, preparatory drawings, and even previous restorations with diagnostic analyses allows us to bring to light the creative process, the artist’s intentions, and the historical context of the painting. These new data can enrich our understanding of the artwork and its cultural significance.

Partnerships between private collectors and expert researchers have already led to groundbreaking discoveries.

To the private collectors who share their treasures with researchers, we express our deepest gratitude for their commitment to preserving and celebrating the beauty and history of these extraordinary works of art. There is nothing more gratifying for us than seeing people who seek our help satisfied with the result and immediately benefiting from it.

Emanuela Massa
Emanuela Massa