Services

Ranging from Art Diagnostics to Education Art-Test offers a variety of services.

Thanks to our extensive experience, in each specific situation we can advise on which tests are needed, so to best employ time and money

Angelo Puccinelli, Saint Michael, 1360-1370, central panel of a tryptych, Pnacoteca Naazionale di Siena – During Art-Test investigations

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We offer differentiated levels of service:

  • STANDARD ARTTEST – An inexpensive package of tests designed to uncover recent forgeries
  • SUPERIOR ARTTEST – A comprehensive testing with a full report issued with expert’s interpretation of results, tailored for high profile artworks to eg. accompanying a commercial transaction or to stand a litigation
  • PRIME ARTTEST – An all including testing with a full report issued with expert’s interpretation of results, tailored to scientifically support new discoveries
  • FAST ARTTEST – When a quick decision has to be made, e.g. before buying at auction
  • CUSTOMIZED ARTTEST – When specific needs have to be taken into account. We are ready to tailor our offer to match your specific requests.

Our techniques are applicable to different sorts of artworks of all size, material, techniques and period of execution.

In all cases, we will discuss each specific case and suggest an ad-hoc plan.

For all our diagnostics tests, the analyses can be carried out at our labs or at the customer’s premises, thanks to our portable non-invasive instruments, i.e. without the need of moving the artwork from its location and without extracting any sample from it. When micro-sampling is required for the test objectives, we limit it to the strict minimum in accordance with the customer.

Tomb of Hunting and Fishing, about 520-510 b.C., during Art-Test investigations

We also offer services tailored to our customers:

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    Private Collectors

    To seem and not to be: the problem of fakes and the consequent problem of authentication has been around for many years. The number of fakes that are discovered and brought to public attention is ever increasing. This is also since it is currently possible to rely on targeted analyses to establish the authenticity and sometimes the attribution of works of art. These data are fundamental for e.g. correct estimates in transactions and inheritances

    Scholars and Connoisseurs

    Scientific analyses offer additional tools with great benefits for Scholars and Connoisseurs. They facilitate the understanding of the methods and techniques typical of a school, for example by studying the reuse of cartoons. They also allow making comparisons between epochs and cultures, for example by studying the similarities between the materials used at different times and in different locations.  

    Scientific methods capable to provide additional knowledge, permit also to support the distinction between copy and original and e.g. to discover unknown works hidden under the most superficial layers of the paintings.

    Scientific publications currently rely largely on data provided by scientific diagnostics.

    Art Advisors, Art Dealers and Auction Houses

    Scientific analyses may be used to help establishing the authenticity and sometimes the attribution of works of art. Scientific data are fundamental for e.g. correct estimates, backing and complementing data on provenance and conservation state.

    Lawyers

    The number of fakes that are discovered and brought to public attention is ever increasing. This is also since it is currently possible to rely on targeted analyses to establish the authenticity and sometimes the attribution of works of art. Even important collection may be infested by forgeries.

    Scientific data are fundamental for e.g. correct estimates in transactions and inheritances.

    Museums and Art Galleries

    Scientific analyses offer additional opportunities for museum curators and art galleries. They facilitate the understanding of the methods and techniques typical of a school, for example by studying the reuse of cartoons. They also allow making comparisons between epochs and cultures, for example by studying the similarities between the materials used at different times and in different locations.  

    Scientific data is frequently used in publications. Moreover, it can provide attractive and unique materials to complement the offer and enhance the experience during the visits or in the framework of a thematic exposition.

    Restorers and Conservators

    Scientific analyses offer fundamental tools for restorers and conservators. They facilitate the understanding of the methods, materials and techniques employed in each artwork, and its conservation state over the whole surface. They also allow judging previous conservation treatments assessing current ones and planning future actions.

    Art/Conservation Schools and Universities

    Direct and large experience in the field combined with interest in teaching and dissemination are not easy to found.

    We designed and delivered full courses and single lectures, customized for students and participants of various levels, from university level to outreach activities created for non-professional communities. 

    You can find more specific information about our services in the following pages:

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    Artwork Analysis Services

    Scientific analyses for paintings, frescos, sculptures, ceramics, glass, jewelry and other artworks, but also for archeological sites, buildings, architectural structures

    xrays, reflectography, UV fluorescence, multispectral, tomography, 3D modelling etc..

    cross-section analyses, thermoluminescence, C14 dating etc..

    material mapping, virtual restoration, virtual cleaning..

    the complex cross section of a painting microsample offers crucial information

    an overview of Beyond gold, Art-Test database on 100 painting from the Pinacoteca di Siena

    Resources

    Years of activity and a true passion for this fascinating field  result in plethora of resources for Art-Test: our scientific instruments, some of which are based on exclusive technological solutions that have no equal in the field, but also books and databases, all available to our customers.

    more then 700 books in our library.. and we read them all..

    Outreach

    specialized training as well as lectures for the general public

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    Art-Test receiving the first prize for the Best Patent of the Year for the Multilayer method

    Presenting the results of the analysis at the exhibition “Paintings from Siena, Ars Narrandi in Europe’s Gothic Age at BOZAR in Brussels

    “Da Caravaggio, il San Giovanni nel Deserto Costa e delle sue copie”, workshop in Empoli, with a number of eminent scholars, including Mina Gregori, Nicole R. Myers, Maria Cristina Terzaghi, Angela Cerasuolo, Roberta Lapucci, Anna Pelagotti (Art-Test), Cristina Gnoni Maverelli, Bruno Santi, Sandra Pucci, Valfredo Siemoni. Foto credits Marcantonio Perugino

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