Judith Dobrzynski’s article on RealClear Arts, an artsjournal.com weblog discusses the interesting experiment in “visitor engagement” at the Minneapolois Institute of Afts where the institution has been asking people to vote on the conservation desitny of a painting in the collection. The issue centers on whether the hunter figure dressed in red, a later addition to the painting, should be covered over to allow viewers to see the artists original intent.
Read the full post on the ArtsJournal.com
Also take a look at the MIA’s case on their blog “The Bubbler“
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There’s lots of examples of other works of art that have been altered at a later date, sometimes by notable artists, to make them more fashionable. It would be interesting to collect a number of these cases and see if there’s any pattern to when these alterations are reversed or hidden or when they’re retained.
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