Art from inside: the application of diagnostic in art

Nowadays, the techniques of diagnostic medical imaging, such as X-ray, infrared and fluorescence radiations, are regularly used not only in the field of medicine but also for cultural heritage.

But how are these techniques used?

In the case of art paintings, diagnostic medical imaging is useful to go behind the surface of paintings in a non-invasive way and find out things that are usually invisible to the naked eye: just in the same way it does for the human body!

Bracco Foundation promotes and makes the most of the Italian cultural, historical and artistic heritage with special interest in the combination of art and science.

Michelangelo, Caravaggio, the violin of Stradivari: these are the main examples of how the application of diagnostic imaging in art can help make an important breakthrough with non-invasive techniques.


Diagnostic imaging, art, radiology


Francesca Cappelletti, Director of Galleria Borghese in Rome. She has dedicated herself for years to the study of Italian-art-collecting from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Marco Malagodi, Associate Professor in Chemistry for Cultural Heritage at University of Pavia, and Scientific Head of Arvedi Laboratory of non-Invasive Diagnostics for the study of historical music instruments.

Mauro Belloni, Creative Director of “the Beauty of Imaging” exhibition.

Diana Bracco, Chairman and CEO of Bracco Group and President of Bracco Foundation.


Isabella Castiglioni, Full Professor in Applied Physics at the University of Studies of Milano-Bicocca and co-founder of DeepTrace Technologies.