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# A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo

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A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.

B) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.

C) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.

D) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.

E) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.
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07 Aug 2006, 11:05
Second vote for C!!

A. The negation of this does not affect the argument. The availability or unavailability of the pigment is not assumed as it is stated that Michelangelo abandoned the pigment for a cheaper one.

B. Again the reasoning provided by Jay is based on pigments which were abandoned. I feel the negation of this argument does not rattle the argument.

C. Negate this statement and the argument falls apart. If the coins were not known to general public in 1507 it means the painting would have been completed after a later date date than 1507 when the coins became well know to the public.

The think the reasoning for this argument can be broken down to the following:

The author should be assuming somthing while determining the two years. The basis of it is coins and the cheaper pigment alternative. Thus, the assumption has to be based on these two. Either the coins were known to general public in 1507 or the cheaper alternative pigment was quite popular and able to produce the same effect as the pigment used earlier.

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07 Aug 2006, 12:29
Yes, it is an assumption, but in comparison to other unexplainable choices of A, B, D and E, it explains the argument in a better way. Even if you dont negate, assuming that the general public knew about the coin makes it more plausible that Michelangelo knew about the coin and so painted it. In other words is stamps the fact that the painting was completed sometime after 1507.

However not considering C as a possibility, A and B still dont seem appealing to me when in fact the emphasis is on the cheaper pigment rather than on the pigment which was abandoned. The abandoned pigment still continued to exist but a cheaper alternative was chosen over it. Moreover, option B only states that "Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years". He may or may not have worked on the painting for many years. It does not affect the argument in any way, since the argument is only determining the end date of the painting based on the introduction of coins and the introduction of the cheaper pigment.

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07 Aug 2006, 14:09
I will go with B here
Michaelangelo could have started the painting in 1507 when the coin was available and he could have used the stock in 1508 and still could have painted the remaining portion...

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07 Aug 2006, 15:59
Guys, I'm lost in the michelangelo painting!

Can anyone explain how B was the assumption?

I didnt understand the OE!

"In order to conclude that the painting must have been completed before 1509 on the basis of the pigment, we must assume that he did not begin the painting before 1509 using the old pigment and complete the painting after 1509 with the new pigment."

He could have started the painting several years before 1507, could have painted the coin in 1507 and completed the painting in 1509 before he stopped using the old pigment.

Am I reading too much into the argument or too little?

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07 Aug 2006, 20:07
shoonya wrote:
Jayanak, how could it be B? The passage clearly says that the painter worked on the painting between 1507 and 1509. How is it possible that M'Angelo didn't work on it over a course of several years. If B is true, then it means that we should have seen the cheaper pigment on the painting.

The passage doesnot state that it was completed before 1509..... it is the author assuming that it must have been completed.

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19 Aug 2006, 01:36
Excellent CR and outstanding discussion.

I think both (B) and (C) could be possible assumptions here, but (B) is assumed to a greater extent.

With (C): Think about that 1507 minted coin for a moment. How could Mikelangelo have been so privileged to have seen, and included in his painting, an ordinary coin (there is no reference in the passage that it was a rare "collector`s item") that most laypeople had never even known existed?? Had Mikelangelo been a King or member of the royalty, perhaps so, but he was just a common painter during his time..

(B) on the other hand is very plausibile. Painters often take years to complete a single work of art, especially some of the their better known pieces. The evidence makes no mention that only the older pigment was used in the painting, therefore leaving open the possibility that both the new and old pigment were used in a combination to complete the masterpiece.

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19 Aug 2006, 13:14
A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.

b) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.

c) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.

d) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.

e) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.

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26 Aug 2007, 10:35

A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.

B) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.

C) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.

D) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.

E) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.

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Re: A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo [#permalink]

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26 Aug 2007, 11:36
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A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.

B) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.

C) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.

D) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.

E) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.

I think B.
It's either A and B for me. D and E are out of scope. For C, it is essentially restating part of the argument.
For A, even if it still has in stock, MA can still abandon it.
For B, if MA work over a course of time and completed in say, 1510, the painting can still have the pigment. Therefore, the painting can only be worked on from 1507 to 1509, which is two years, not longer than that.

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26 Aug 2007, 12:05
...For C, it is essentially restating part of the argument...

bkk145, I think C gives a different ideas than what we have in the stem. Can you read it again and C if you agree with me? and if you do then how would you elliminate C?

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26 Aug 2007, 12:17
asaf wrote:
...For C, it is essentially restating part of the argument...

bkk145, I think C gives a different ideas than what we have in the stem. Can you read it again and C if you agree with me? and if you do then how would you elliminate C?

You know that the coin was minted that year from the stem. So it doesn't matter, in my opinion, whether the public know about the coin before or after. It is still minted that year. I guess I should have said irrelevant, not restating part of the argument.

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26 Aug 2007, 12:41
bkk145 wrote:
asaf wrote:
...For C, it is essentially restating part of the argument...

bkk145, I think C gives a different ideas than what we have in the stem. Can you read it again and C if you agree with me? and if you do then how would you elliminate C?

You know that the coin was minted that year from the stem. So it doesn't matter, in my opinion, whether the public know about the coin before or after. It is still minted that year. I guess I should have said irrelevant, not restating part of the argument.

So if Angelo knew about the coin prior to that year, doesn't that mean he could also know how it was going to look or appear?

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26 Aug 2007, 12:49
I would go with D. as it says the same with the passage, since we cannot find the age of it. the passage is based on that assumption.

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26 Aug 2007, 13:05
asaf wrote:
bkk145 wrote:
asaf wrote:
...For C, it is essentially restating part of the argument...

bkk145, I think C gives a different ideas than what we have in the stem. Can you read it again and C if you agree with me? and if you do then how would you elliminate C?

You know that the coin was minted that year from the stem. So it doesn't matter, in my opinion, whether the public know about the coin before or after. It is still minted that year. I guess I should have said irrelevant, not restating part of the argument.

So if Angelo knew about the coin prior to that year, doesn't that mean he could also know how it was going to look or appear?

he could, but you don't know if MA is in general public or not. He might not be in general public or might be. Since you don't know about that, it is irrelevant.

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27 Aug 2007, 10:04
Stem clearly states that MichelAngelo made a switch to use a cheaper option after 1509. So, we can elliminate B right?
Wrong. OA is B.

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27 Aug 2007, 10:10
I agree the (B) is correct..............but why is (A) wrong?

If MA had the stock of "abandoned pigment", he could have used it

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27 Aug 2007, 10:34
A is a strech...
Just because he abondoned its use does not mean argument saying/assuming that the pigment ceased to exists!

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27 Aug 2007, 10:51
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A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.
He just stopped using the old pigment does not mean that the pigment itself does not exist after 1509

B) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.
He might have worked over the painting over the course of year and might have drawn coin and used the color only during 07-09

C) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.
If it was not known among general public, how does he know that ?

D) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.
This looks correct to me ...since they could not test the actual age with whatever method they have ...thats whay they are going for this kind of test analysis

E) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.
Lets say that he has changed the style ...it can be related only to pigment not to coin ..since coin did not exist before 1507 ...and he stopped using the pigment bwecause the cheaper one was available ..even this does not have to do anything with the style ...infact it suggest that he might have used the same style onwards also ...but the same thing .this inference is irrelevant to the sentence

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27 Aug 2007, 10:58
asaf wrote:

A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.

B) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.

C) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.

D) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.

E) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.

Eventhough the OA is released, B is not correct because how do we assume that he stopped working on painting after 1507-09? suppose if MA stoped working on painting only after 1515? what if MA started working on this painting in 1507-09 and ended it in 1510 or 1515 and then stoped working on?

so B ambigious. A and D are possible.

what s the source?

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27 Aug 2007, 13:21
My pick, even before knowing the OA, continues to be B.
The important part is the statement that michalangelo did start at a particular time and finished by 1509. Clearly there is an assumption that inspite of the coin with a central figure, abandonment of a pigment, he did not paint it over a perid of years. If he started in 1505 and then in 1507 he painted a coin in the central figure, simply because he painted that bit only in 1507 and lets say finished it in 1509. Even with this we have proved the statement wrong that he did not start it until 1507.

As far as C is concerned i don't think it matters whether the public had any idea about it. What matters is that he was familiar with the coin and it was available in 1507.

D is hardly important because today you can draw a painting on a 17th century piece of wood and radio carbon dating will never give you any accurate dates exact to a month or a year. Besides you are missing the whole stem focussing on actual start and finish dates.

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A newly discovered painting on wooden panel by Michelangelo must have been completed after 1507 but before 1509. It cannot have been painted earlier than 1507 because one of its central figures carries a coin that was not minted until that year. It cannot have been painted after 1509 because it contains a pigment that Michelangelo is known to have abandoned when a cheaper alternative became available in that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) No stocks of the abandoned pigment existed after 1509.

B) Michelangelo did not work on the painting over the course of several years.

C) The coin depicted in the painting was known to general public in 1507.

D) The wooden panel on which the painting was executed cannot be tested accurately for age.

E) Michelangelo's painting style did not change between 1507 and 1509.

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