Would altering a work of art to suit public taste improve it or make it worse?

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Does altering a work of art:

Improve it?
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Worsen it?
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Can't decide
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Re: Would altering a work of art to suit public taste improve it or make it worse?

Post by uwot » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:47 pm

Skip wrote:The Louvre doesn't have an opinion; it is a repository.
Well I never.
Skip wrote:Its curatorial staff are not owners, but guardians.
The owner is France, and to make that kind of change, they would have to hold a referendum. I'm pretty sure most people would veto the moustache.
Ah well, you probably live far enough from the French to trust them completely.
Skip wrote:And even if they approved it, a dedicated curator would rather steal it, smuggle it out of the country and hide it in a cave in the Negev...
or set fire to it.
Well, that's the Mona Lisa sorted. What about all the other works in private hands? Lotsa ancient statues defaced by those crazy Christians, and Daesh isn't exactly replete with art lovers.

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