Ancient beauties discoveries
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A hidden magician!

Florence capital of antiques

Piero di Cosimo going Dutch

Arte and (is) Science: together again

A hidden magican!
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 other artists of his time and a small group of works of his followers.
For the occasion, the Palatine Gallery in collaboration with the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence will dedicate a conference to discuss the important campaign of study and restoration of numerous paintings that preceded the preparation of the exhibition and which has contributed to extend the knowledge of the style and modus operandi of the painter. The central theme will focus on the painting technique of Dolci.
Art-Test will gladly  participate with the restorer Miriam Fiocca with  the contribution "The hidden magician": key findings emerged about the painting "Madonna tendering the Baby Jesus" (work n.79 int the catalog) that, under radiographic examination, revealed a surprising and substantial modification of the composition.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7 at the Theater of the Rondo di Bacco, Palazzo Pitti.
An unique opportunity not to be missed!!

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Florence capital of antiques
This year again it is Palazzo Corsini to host the International Biennial of Antiques in Florence (September 26 to October 4 2015), reaching its 29th edition, led by the Secretary General Fabrizio Moretti.
The exhibitor list is long and interesting: this year novelty is the return of non Italian galleries however invited to exhibit only Italian masters. Non-national is also the guest of honor Jeff Koons, who will attend the opening.
The Biennale has significantly contributed to the creation of valuable opportunities for fruitful exchanges between art historians and merchants, promoting the evolution of the antiquarian role and spreading the taste for art and beauty at ever larger audiences. First created in 1959 on the initiative of the antique dealers Mario and Giuseppe Bellini, the event, in the course of decades, witnessed the evolution in taste: where the interest in applied arts in general (porcelains, furniture ...) has been gradually overtaken by that for sculptures and paintings. The Biennale has also established itself as an opportunity for new purchases by international museum directors eager to expand their collections. This year on sale e.g. three sculptures, by Tino di Camaino and Arnolfo di Cambio, originally on the old façade of the Florentine Dome, and now in private hands. Art, glamor and lifestyle come together at the Florence Biennale editions since the sixties. An event not t be missed, for professionals and not!

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Piero di Cosimo going Dutch

 An international conference "Piero di Cosimo: Painter of Faith and Fable", organized by Michael W. Kwakkelstein and Dennis Geronimus, will be held 25 to 26 September at the Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut (NIKI) – the Dutch University Institute of History of Art in Florence. During this important year for the dissemination of knowledge about this artist, with two exhibitions fully dedicated to his works, one in Florence and one in Washington, "the conference Painter of Faith and Fable offers to scholars from different countries the opportunity to continue the started debate and, above all, raise new questions" Art-Test contributed with diagnostic analysis on three of the exhibited artworks. The results of some of these will be presented during the conference.

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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 and education, with special attention paid to the diagnostics, the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.
The 2014 edition involved researchers from Universities, CNR, INFN, ENEA, and other research institutions and private companies that have been active in places of historical/artistic interest and museums scattered throughout the Italian territory, with study meetings and guided visits focused on technology applied to art and conservation issues.
Art-Test and S.T. Art-Test (which already participated to the last event, at the Archaeological Museum of Himera, Termini Imerese 12-13/12/2014), will be glad to meet you this year at the Gallery of Modern Art in Palermo.
We’ll provide soon the details of the event.

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