Authenticity in art

The itinerary on determining the authenticity of art and antiques is the feather in the Museum’s cap, unique and keenly wanted by its founder, the physicist Gottfried Matthaes. In 1990 he acquired this exhibition space situated in Milan’s inner city which, even today, remains the only example in the world of a museum dedicated to the important question of determining the authenticity of art. Each room deals with a basic theme, from painting on canvas and wood to excavated pottery, antique furniture, amber and ivory. The itinerary culminates in the splendid tapestry room, where visitors can admire rugs and tapestries of different crafting techniques and provenances, and learn to recognize the characteristics of authenticity. The section is also equipped with test stations with microscopes and magnifying glasses. There is also a special itinerary designed for kids.

Below a number of photos of the Museum’s beautiful rooms. In all, the Museum has 15 exhibition rooms.

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