After the success of the 12-13 December 2014 edition , which involved 11 locations across Italy and saw the participation of S.T.Art-Test at the Archaeological Museum of Himera (Termini Imerese, PA), AIAr has organised a second edition with a new program of meetings, events and workshops focused on the link between art and science. The discussion topics has been mostly diagnostic and conservation. Private companies, university researchers and research organizations have provided the visitors with information on the use of scientific methods applied to cultural heritage.
Seminars and workshops have animated the two scheduled sessions focused on scientific investigations aimed at improving our knowledge of paintings. In particular a live demonstration of the use of non-invasive equipment was made, applied to the study of the painting "Femme aux gants" of Giovanni Boldini from the exhibition of which the investigation was made available for the occasion.
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 optimizedmultispectral reflectance image processing." will be presented. The work relates to the analysis of the limits and the possibilities offered by multispectral imaging for a reliable identification of materials used in paintings, and stems from the increasingly active collaboration between the University of Florence, La Sapienza in Rome and Art-Test. The multispectral imaging is always a relevant topic, and an interesting non-invasive method, although recently abused by those who lack the necessary scientific basis. Art-Testhas been a pioneer of this field, with the paper "Multispectral Imaging of Paintings: a Way to Material Identification" by A.Pelagotti, A. Del Mastio, A .de Rosa, A.Piva, , published in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Special Issue on Cultural Heritage, vol. 25 n. 4 in July 2008. Since its start, Art-Test develops and applies cutting-edge scientific methods for artworks analysis and diagnostics. We do not use PhotoShop or similar commercial software. The results of our research are usually presented in relevant scientific publications, except when prevented by confidentiality reasons. If you are interested in the scientific methods used in our investigations, please check http://www.art-test.com/pubblicazioni/
The latest publications to which Art-Test contributed:
V.Raimondi at alii, The use of IR-based techniques in the PRIMARTE project: an integrated approach to the diagnostics of the cultural heritage AITA 2015- Advanced Infrared Technology and Applications - 29 Sept. - 2 Oct. 2015, Pisa, Italy, SPIE Remote Sensing 2015 -1 - 24 September 2015 - Toulouse, France AITA
V.Raimondi at al A multi-disciplinary study on a late 14th-century Florentine Chapel: integrating information, from laser-based measurements to archive historical data, in a multi-medial tools for cultural heritage conservation, LACONA X 2014 - Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks, 9-13 June 2014, Sharjah, UAE
F.Uccheddu, A.Pelagotti, V.Cappellini and E.Massa. 3D Technology for Measurement of Surface Deformations Paintings: A Case Study, Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014) London, UK, 8-10 July 2014
F. Alberghina, M.F. Alberghina, L. Damiani, E. Massa, A. Pelagotti, L.Piccione, S. Schiavone, U. Copani, X-rays for diagnostic imaging of art -46 ° National Congress of the Italian Society of Medical Radiology (SIRM), Florence - Fortezza da Basso (22-25 May 2014) "The X-ray over the Medicine"
F.Alberghina, MFAlberghina, L.Damiani, E.Massa, A.Pelagotti, S. Schiavone, How many layers and of what? An integrated non-invasive approach for the understanding of painting's stratigraphy, IV International Meeting "Youth in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage - YOCOCU", 28 to 31 May 2014, Agsu - Azerbaijan.
The Pala del Carmine Santi di Tito, analysis of technique and materials used, Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage, Fabrizio Serra publisher, Pisa - Rome
The Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna and its restoration. And syllables, Livorno by Lia Brunori and Susanna Bracci
Beyond Gold: a database of underdrawings and material analyzes on Sienese paintings. Connections and dissimilarities of painting techniques across centuries and countries. Published by Bernard Coulie and Paul Dujardin
Above and below the painting: the results of scientific studies on the Madonna di San Luca in Bologna, curated by Dr. Franco Faranda
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 investigate the mechanisms of migration, the history of collecting and the relationships between the artists. The conference anticipates some of the central themes of the upcoming exhibition "Caravaggio and the painters of the North", which will take place at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (June 21-September 25, 2016). Here is the link for more information: http://niki-florence.org/caravaggio-and-northern-european-painting-niki-conference-utrecht-30-november/ The conference poster shows the painting "St. John the Baptist", which we discussed in http://www.art-test.com/unforgettable-out-look/, in occasion of the presentation of the analysis of the version of Empoli.