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"The Copper Butterfly, an unsigned classical painting, was carbon dated to ascertain its age, previously estimated at 520 years. Manuscripts from that time reveal that one of two possible artists must be responsible for the painting's creation. One of the artists died one week after the painting had been commissioned while the other died 13 years later. Because in those days oil paintings usually took a long time to complete, it was probably the artist who died later who painted the Copper Butterfly.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the hypothesis that the Copper Butterfly was painted by the artist who died later?

A - The artist who died later was murdered whereas the artist who died earlier passed away after contracting a disease that was plaguing the area.
B - The artist who died earlier completed a different oil painting one week before the Copper Butterfly was commissioned.
C - The oil paint used 520 years ago was produced by the artists themselves for each painting, in a chemical reaction that took eleven days to prepare.
D - The artist who painted the Copper Butterfly did not paint another picture for the person who commissioned it.
E - The artist who died earlier was known for leaving his paintings unsigned."
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Re: The Copper Butterfly, an unsigned classical painting [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 21:54
Thanks umeshpatil. Good question, cause I'm not native English speaker, it took me a while to guess the meaning of "commissioned" :)

IMO, C is correct.

Premise: One artist died one week after the painting had been commissioned.
Premise: the other died 13 years later
Conclusion: the artist who died later painted the Copper Butterfly.
Assumption: It took more than 1 week to complete the painting.

A - The artist who died later was murdered whereas the artist who died earlier passed away after contracting a disease that was plaguing the area.
Wrong. Out of scope.

B - The artist who died earlier completed a different oil painting one week before the Copper Butterfly was commissioned.
Wrong. Out of scope.

C - The oil paint used 520 years ago was produced by the artists themselves for each painting, in a chemical reaction that took eleven days to prepare.
Correct. C indicates that the artist who died earlier did not paint the Copper Butterfly

D - The artist who painted the Copper Butterfly did not paint another picture for the person who commissioned it.
Wrong. Out of scope.

E - The artist who died earlier was known for leaving his paintings unsigned."
Wrong. Shell game. He is not the only one who left paintings unsigned.
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commissioned means the day it was finalized that the painting will be drawn.

Now the facts are that of the two artist who could have made the paintings:
One died one week after the painting had been commissioned.
The other died 13 years later.
Conclusion: The artist who died later painted the painting.

So we need to prove that it took more than one week to paint the painting in those days which will imply that the Artist who died in a week could’t have painted the painting.

Now Choice C says exactly what we need to prove as according to choice C it will take eleven days (more than a week) just to prepare the oil paints.
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Re: The Copper Butterfly, an unsigned classical painting [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 03:26
You're lost if you are not certain what "to commission" means. Knowing that, you understand the answer.
Dictionary.com:
17. ( tr ) to place an order for (something): "to commission a portrait"
Takeaway earned :).
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Re: The Copper Butterfly, an unsigned classical painting [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 03:55
HumptyDumpty wrote:
You're lost if you are not certain what "to commission" means. Knowing that, you understand the answer.
Dictionary.com:
17. ( tr ) to place an order for (something): "to commission a portrait"
Takeaway earned :).


Hi HumptyDumpty,
No offense but I think we will never get a question in CR where the meaning of one word will decide if one is able to answer the question correctly.
In this case also if we assume that we don’t know the meaning of the word commissioned then I will probably guess it to be one of the following:
The day painting was approved to be painted or the day it was put on display or the day the painter completed painting it.
Even if I take any of above as meaning of the word commissioned, I will have choices A, B, D and E eliminated.
Also when reading the choice C one can make out what the word commissioned probably means and hence will be able to mark C as logical answer.
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Re: The Copper Butterfly, an unsigned classical painting [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 04:19
Well, I wrote what worked for me. I incorrectly figured out that "to commission" would mean sh like "to put on market". Obviously, C made no sense. When I learned the right meaning, the numbers conveyed me the correct answer immediately. :)
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