Dr. Antonietta Gallone Galassi (1928-2015) graduated in physics at the University of Milan in 1951 with prof. Piero Caldirola studying the relativistic effects in the calculation of the magnetic moment of the deuteron. After having dealt with fundamental research, from the end of the 70s, at the request of Stella Matalon (director of the Brera Art Gallery) she began to apply her skills to the study of paintings then under restoration. Throughout her life, she has carried out characterization surveys on numerous works of the Italian pictorial heritage, extending her prevailing interest in paintings to other fields such as plasters, stuccos and mosaics, fabrics.
During his career he has collaborated with important public institutions – such as the Superintendencies of Milan , Turin , Venice , Udine , the Pinacoteca di Brera , the Poldi Pezzoli Museum , the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo and the Galleria Sabauda in Turin – and private ones. Among the great restorations to which she contributed with her investigations, the twenty-year one of Leonardo’s Last Supper certainly stands out , which saw her work until 1999 alongside the great restorer, who recently passed away, Pinin Brambilla Barcilon .
The precious collaboration with Giovanni Bottiroli (Institute of Molecular Genetics, CNR Pavia) made it possible to develop, at the beginning of the 1980s, a new non-destructive UV micro-spectrum-fluorimetric methodology for the identification of organic binders (protein substances , oily, natural resins, waxes) present in the individual layers of the paint film.