Spotlights on 2015... find out what’s coming!
Piero di Cosimo in America!
For the first time the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is co-organizer of an exhibition along with another museum; we are referring to the first major retrospective of Piero di Cosimo, that the National Gallery of Art in Washington is hosting from February 1st to May 3rd, 2015: "Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence". There has been just one precedent case in the United States: the exhibition in New York, in 1938, of seven works at the Schaeffer Gallery, a small but important contribution to the dissemination of works of the great masters in museums that were among its clients.
        Forty-four artworks are arranged along the six galleries of the West Building: altarpieces, private devotional pictures and portraits. The style of the Master distinguished by an "abstract and uneven" ingenuity, as claimed by Vasari in "Le Vite", is traced according to the changeability that characterized him: pagan themes, divine themes, mythological and allegorical scenes. The exhibition includes paintings from Italian churches and the masterpiece of the Museo degli Innocenti "Madonna and Child Enthroned with the Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter and John the Evangelist with angels."
        Art-Test had the pleasure to perform diagnostic campaigns of three works by Piero di Cosimo including one of the paintings on display in Washington, the famous "Liberation of Andromeda" (about 1510-1513), chosen as the cover image of the exhibition. This work is a symbol of the imagination of the Master who expressed himself more in the subjects than the techniques, such as the sea monster pictured here, which seems to come from a bizarre bestiary. We cannot give any anticipation about the results of the analysis because they are confidential until published, but we will update you as soon as possible!
Soon you will be able to visit the exhibition in Florence, albeit in a different form. It will be the Uffizi Gallery hosting it from June 23 to September 27. Save the date!

An image of Art-Test at work during the acquisitions on the painting by Piero di Cosimo in the laboratories of the Uffizi in Florence
FIAT LUX! Photonics to the benefit of the art!

UNESCO has declared 2015 the year of light, to spread knowledge and awareness on how this is, in its broadest sense, from LED light bulbs to X-rays, through optical fibers, an excellent resource for addressing global challenges concerning health, sustainability, growth and ... ART!
        During the grand opening ceremony in Paris attended by five Nobel Prize laureates, two speeches were devoted to art, to paintings and how light enlivens them and can reveal their secrets.
        Alessandro Farini from the Institute of Optics (INOA) of Florence, presented fascinating optical illusions and the play of light that show the importance of good lighting to enjoy the great beauty and illustrated the discoveries of infrared reflectography on Caravaggio’s work.
        Art and optics (video) was also the theme of Charles Falco, intrigued for years, along with David Hockney, by the appearance of optical instruments in the workshop of painters. A thesis introduced by Roberta Lapucci and shared by Susan Grundy, all scholars with whom Art-Test has got to collaborate and share exciting discoveries.
        Light and interaction with the works of art are at the heart of our work, and we are glad that these techniques have received such an important recognition.

In the above picture (by Jovan Mizzi) you can recognize Charles Falco, David Hockney and Anna Pelagotti during the symposium organized in Florence in 2008 by Roberta Lapucci and titled "Painted Optics", which saw the practical demonstration of the legitimacy of these considerations, also thanks to the darkroom provided by Art-Test!
Outside of the camera obscura at SACI in Florence, with the lens of the projections systems visible through the opening on the side
Inside the camera obscura: a round mirror mounted on a tripod and the canvas on which the image is projected 
The scene outside of the camera obscura
The reversed projection on the canvas of the same scene. A limited depth of field can be noticed, with many areas out of focus
Art-Test…to watch!
The Art Test channel on Youtube is born!
        You can finally see some videos of our work, including the report that the Rai TV program “Superquark” dedicated to the discovery of the authenticity of a Caravaggio painting in collaboration with Roberta Lapucci, and the presentation "Beyond Gold. More than meets the eyes" with some of the results of the analysis of 50 paintings from the Pinacoteca di Siena which were shown at the Bozar in Brussels during the exhibition "Paintings from Siena: Ars Narrandi in Europe's Gothic Age" (now scheduled at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen from 21 March to 17 August 2015), and which along with other 50 paintings (also belonging to the Art Gallery of Siena) are part of the database "Sotto l’oro" ( )
        We invite you to subscribe to our channel to keep updated on events, discoveries and presentations that we’ll publish.

Click on the image to watch the video on the analysis of the paintings of Siena!
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