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Art and Business in Maastricht

Despite the spectacular theft suffered during the last edition, and a series of changes at the top, this 2023 edition confirmed TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) as the queen of fairs, with 268 exhibitors from all over the world and a newfound enthusiasm in buying and selling.

An important signal after the cancellation of three fairs in the UK, including the formerly glorious Masterpiece. The suffering of this sector in the UK is therefore confirmed, if needed, to be fully attributable to the uncanny choice to leave the European Union.

For TEFAF, the investment by exhibitors was particularly notable this year, with the setting up of something close to a temporary museum, decidedly extraordinary to see, with stands designed down to the smallest detail, to amaze and involve.


Why the trial against Ravensburg for the unauthorized use of the image of the Vitruvian Man was a serious mistake

Ravensburg has a puzzle in its catalog that reproduces the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, and for this reason, it has been the subject of an order by the Venice Court, which condemns it to pay the rights dof reproduction of this image.

The process was initiated by the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice, and it is the first time that the Italian Code of Cultural Heritage has been applied to activities carried out abroad through the court system.

The Code of Cultural Heritage provides that the reproduction of public cultural goods (for commercial purposes) must be authorized by the entity that has custody of the goods, upon payment of a fee.


Art-Test participates with diagnostic tests to the restoration of 1100 m2 mosaics of the Baptistery in Florence

The large project for the Baptistery has entered its final phase. It is supported by the Opera del Duomo and started in 2014 with the restoration of the external facades and roof covering.

The project will conclude by 2028 with the restoration of the approximately 1100 square meters of 13th-century mosaics that decorate the dome of one of Florence’s oldest and most symbolic monuments. The mosaics preparatory designs were by artists such as Cimabue and Coppo di Marcovaldo, and on the sides of the grand scene of the Last Judgment, (that appear to have inspired the representation of hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy), they narrate, in four registers, the Stories of Genesis, Joseph the Jew, Christ, and the Baptist.


In Florence a wonderful exhibition on a powerful woman: Leonor de Toledo, who married Cosimo de’ Medici

In Palazzo Pitti an exhibition was recently inaugurated which marks the culmination of the studies on a decisive figure in the nascent Duchy of Florence, in the first half of the sixteenth century. And this figure is exceptionally a woman, Donna Leonor Álvarez de Toledo, Spanish, daughter of the viceroy of Naples don Pedro, who in 1539 married the new duke of Florence, Cosimo.

Eleonora shifted over the years from being simply “the wife of” to an all-round figure, a decidedly new kind of duchess, especially in the Florentine panorama of the time, but not only. She was emancipated, also economically autonomous (she was in fact much richer than her husband), she was well read, managed her assets, took care of her children. Unusually, the duke delegated many family matters to her, from the purchase of land to the collection of money and the signing of contracts. Eleonora had autonomy of action, which was rare for her time. She participated in almost every aspect of the political and cultural life of the duchy, and determined not only the fate of her children but also of the future of the state.


Rumors and fakes. But we are not in a movie

It could have been the deal of the century for a collector… but not!

A Madrid auction house, Setdart, avoided a scandal by canceling the contract signed in 2018 with a collector for the sale of 16 modern works of art, later uncovered as “fakes” thanks to rumors that bounced around the art market.

Of the 16 works of art proposed by the collector (and also a fraudster), a certain Guillermo CT, only one work turned out to be truly by the hand of David Hockney. A wide-ranging crook: 15 forged works, including an Edvard Munch-style lithograph, a copy of Roy Lichtenstein’s diptych, titled Whaam! And seven works that should have been by the late Spanish sculptor and engraver Eduardo Chillida, four lithographs by José Guerrero and one lithograph by Saul Steinberg.


Art-Test collaborates with the Journal of Cultural Heritage Crime

Falsi Modigliani. A una svolta il Processo di Genova: chieste cinque condanne e una assoluzione

The trial for the fake Modigliani exhibited at Palazzo Ducale in 2017 has begun. Six people are in the dock on charges of fraud, forgery and counterfeiting.


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