newsletter may 2014
Pontormo under the skin
You have time until the 20th of July to admire Pontormo’s restored “Sacra Conversazione”(also known as Pala Pucci) before it returns to its original venue, the Florentine church of San Michele in Visdomini. This masterpiece was highly praised by Giorgio Vasari, who wrote it was "the most notable panel ever made by Pontormo". It was indeed a very innovative painting: the traditional scheme for this theme was disregarded, the figures scattered in all directions, creating a new balance and new strength lines.
This magnificent painting is currently in Palazzo Strozzi in the exposition "Pontormo e Rosso Fiorentino. Divergenti vie della “Maniera" where one can admire, among others, Pontormo’s works and those of his friend Rosso Fiorentino.
Art-Test’s diagnostics campaign on this large panel painting was carried out in two steps, firstly scanner IR reflectography data acquisition was performed to visualize the underdrawing, then in the second phase UV fluorescence and Multilayer analysis where planned, in order to investigate the conservation state.
New insights on the life of the painting have emerged. Fluorescence analyses have revealed many interventions and changes, during previous restoration attempts. Several retouches and three coatings of varnish were applied of which the Multilayer has permitted a better, more detailed reading. Moreover, visualizing the first sketch and the pentimenti, has demonstrated how the painter had, since the very beginning, the general setting of his work well established. However, he still made numerous changes in the final phase, directly with the paintbrush.
The latest restoration, by Lisa Venerosi Pesciolini, brought it back to its original light! Visit the exposition and admire it.

A day with Opificio of the pietre dure
A very interesting day dedicated to sharing updates: ‘ Restoration as a profession: the experiences of Opificio of the pietre dure’s diplomats’, took place the 7th of May in the Sant’Apollonia ’s Auditorium in Florence
Introduction by Mario Ciatti, superintendent of the Opificio, sponsor of the event, and a very intense program filled with experiences in the various fields in which the candidate restorers worked, from oil paintings on canvas, to sculpture and goldsmith’s art.
The final greetings have been entrusted to the ex-superintendent of the Opificio, professor Giorgio Bonsanti.
Coming soon!
Will be inaugurated in a few days the monographic exposition of Jacopo Ligozzi "pittore universalissimo” (Verona 1547- Firenze 1627)  at Galleria Palatina in Florence (27 May - 28 September 2014) realized jointly with Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi.
The work of such talented artist, active for many years in Florence is thoroughly illustrated in several thematic sections such as Naturalia, Portraits, Historical painting and Religiuous painting.
Art-Test investigated 16 works, among the most relevant one, with several techniques such as Multilayer analysis, IR scanner reflectograpy and ED-XRF.
Art-Test on the move!
The no-profit e Authentication in Art (AIA) Foundation, established in 2012, chaired by Prof. Dr Nico Schrijver, comprises a group of international art world professionals (including international collectors, art historians, art market professionals, financial institutions, legal advisers, trust & estate practitioners and other stakeholders in the international art market).  The Congress of 2014 was intended to come together to create a forum that can act to catalyse and promote best practices in art authentication. It was a rare and most needed opportunity to share what is happening in our world, however with some missing important stockholders, especially from the Southern European Countries. See the detailed program: http:​//www.​authenticationinart.​org/congress-programme/​.  Art-Test Firenze and S.T.Art-Test partecipated to it and presented the  "Modigliani, what else?" poster.
 (7-8-9 may 2014, Louman Museum, Den Haag)
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