The activity of CAV dedicated to Diagnostics focuses on the research and the application of non invasive scientific analyses to improve knowledge and conservation of artworks of different periods and kind: from sculptures (polychromous or not) to paintings on different supports, from books and documents on paper and parchment to textiles, from metals and enamels to glass, from frescoes to buildings.
Analytical results can provide a fundamental knowledge about the object, useful for art history as well as to promote proper conservation and exhibition. These goals imply a fruitful dialogue among different competences of humanists – art historians, philologists, curators and conservators – of scientists – physicists, chemists, engineers, conservation scientist – and of technicians like restorers.
Diagnostics uses advanced technologies proved to be adequate in national and international projects since 1998. More than 4000 works of private and public Italian and foreign collections have been studied.

Particularly interested in territorial projects involving the enhancement of art-historical heritage, CAV Diagnostic collaborated with Regione Veneto (Veneto Regional Administration) and Regione Marche (Marche Regional Administration) for large projects on Giovanni Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Lorenzo Lotto, Tiziano. It has been collaborating for ten years with the Scuderie del Quirinale of Rome and various Superintendencies for Art-Historical Heritage, from Sicily to Friuli Venezia Giulia on numerous projects, starting from Antonello da Messina and 15th-16th century painting to Tiepolo and Hayez.

CAV Diagnostic section articulates into three main activities:
- Research
- Analyses (also behalf of third parties)
- Database of scientific analyses

GALLERIES / Past Projects