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A quiz, again, Caravaggio in Empoli?
 
Saturday, April 11 2015, the Church of St Stephen Augustinian in Empoli will host the workshop "From Caravaggio. The San Giovanni Battista Costa and his works" moderated by Prof. Bruno Santi.
        This subject had a great fortune, in Italy and abroad. There are at least 8 known versions of this painting, with different and controversial attributions. Which artists did paint them? And what is the history of the little-known version now in Empoli? This painting, which became part of the heritage of the church of St. Stephen, thanks to the donation of Monsignor Marchetti in 1823 and almost unreadable before restoration, was nearly neglected hanging in a building that has a long history: it was erected in the fifteenth century by the brotherhood of the Augustinians, who are since the Middle Ages in the area of ​​Empoli. Among the famous names of artists who worked there we find Masolino and Starnina (whose frescoes have come to us in the form of a fragment or sinopia), Cigoli and Cresti, said the Passignano. But the most illustrious name is certainly that of Caravaggio, tied to the the St. John the Baptist now in the Chapel of the Purification. But is this painting original or is it a copy? The symposium will be an opportunity to present the studies and the results of the recent restoration, conducted by Sandra Pucci, and directed by Maria Cristina Gnoni Mavarelli of the SBAPSE of Florence Pistoia and Prato, together with the results, that we cannot anticipate, of the diagnostic testing, including analysis of materials and reflectography performed by Art-Test.
        Please join us on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30 am at the Church of St. Stephen of the Augustinians of Empoli. Admission is free. Save the date !!


St. John the Baptist of Mercy Empoli, photos of Alena Fialová


Here the program for the day 
Technart, the Italian edition.

The 2015 edition of Technart: the biennial international conference for the promotion and the meeting of experts of science applied to cultural heritage is approaching. The event, organized by Southern National Laboratories of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, the Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali and the University of Catania (Department of Chemistry) in collaboration with ICOM-CC and AIAr, will take place in Catania next 27 to 30 April.
        On the track of previous editions (Lisbon, Athens, Berlin and Amsterdam), the forum will be a precious opportunity to discuss and present new techniques and scientific applications to the study of cultural heritage.
        Art-Test will participate in collaboration with S.T.Art-Test addressing two topics. The first is the issue of the reliability and comparison of scientific techniques: the case of a supposedly Goya will be an opportunity to talk about the limits and possibilities of the FORS and XRF methods, a hot topic when it comes to attributions, because finding a pigment or another can move the date of execution of centuries. Then Art-Test will present the scientific database of 100 paintings from the Pinacoteca di Siena "Under the gold" (http://www.art-test.com/database-eng/) an essential tool for the study of evolution in painting Siena (from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century) and for the dating and authentication of works of art.


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At Restoration Fair Ferrara ... with AIAr!

The annual Restoration Fair Ferrara will open again from 6 to 9 May 2015!
Art-Test and S.T.Art-Test await you at the AIAr, Italian Association of Archaeometry booth. This network of firms active in the Cultural Heritage field will present its activities geared to the dissemination of achievements and scientific research in the field.
        A workshop has been organized for Friday, May 8, the exact program will be defined shortly. Relevant organizations will take part to it, along with other companies also the National Research Council, University of Calabria, Department of Archaeology and the School of Ferrara Superiore di Venaria will be present.




     
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