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Michelangelo s sixteenth-century Sistine Chapel paintings

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Michelangeloâ€™s sixteenth-century Sistine Chapel paintings are currently being restored. A goal of the restorers is to uncover Michelangeloâ€™s original work, and so additions made to Michelangeloâ€™s paintings by later artists are being removed. However, the restorers have decided to make one exception: to leave intact additions that were painted by da Volterra.

Which one of the following, if true, most helps to reconcile the restorersâ€™ decision with the goal stated in the passage?

(A) The restorers believe that da Volterra stripped away all previous layers of paint before he painted his own additions to the Sistine Chapel.

(B) Because da Volterra used a type of pigment that is especially sensitive to light, the additions to the Sistine Chapel that ad Volterra painted have relatively muted colors.

(C) Da Volterraâ€™s additions were painted in a style that was similar to the style used by Michelangelo.

(D) Michelangelo is famous primarily for his sculptures and only secondarily for his paintings, whereas da Volterra is known exclusively for his paintings.

(E) Da Volterraâ€™s work is considered by certain art historians to be just as valuable as the work of additions to Michelangeloâ€™s work.
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10 Mar 2005, 23:34
C (looks like a difficult one!)
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11 Mar 2005, 00:56
(A) The restorers believe that da Volterra stripped away all previous layers of paint before he painted his own additions to the Sistine Chapel.
- Not important. The restorers were intent on uncovering Michelangelo's original works and having an empty patch because da Volterra's works was removed isn't going to bother them too much. A is out.

(B) Because da Volterra used a type of pigment that is especially sensitive to light, the additions to the Sistine Chapel that ad Volterra painted have relatively muted colors.
- Not important.

(C) Da Volterraâ€™s additions were painted in a style that was similar to - - the style being similar to michaelangelo still does not give good reasons to remove them. Other painters who made additions would surly have painted in a similar style too.

(D) Michelangelo is famous primarily for his sculptures and only secondarily for his paintings, whereas da Volterra is known exclusively for his paintings.
- Not important.

(E) Da Volterraâ€™s work is considered by certain art historians to be just as valuable as the work of additions to Michelangeloâ€™s work.
- This one should best explain why restorers decided to leave Da Volterra's work untouched. If its equally valuable, then it shouldn't be removed.

E it is. (I'm still undecided between C and E, and I'll repost if I think of anything new that makes C more favorable)
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11 Mar 2005, 01:13
between C) and E), i choose C), because it is not about the comparision of the value of the additions and da volterraâ€™s work but the painting itself and its originality. originality is maintained by the fact that da blablablaÂ´s work is similar to mÂ´s work. similiar is a little too weak but i stick to C)

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11 Mar 2005, 07:19
Don't forget about GOAL of this work - to uncover ORIGINAL work of Mich!
So similar style (as in C) or valueness of other works (as in E) maens nothing if we have such GOAL. Only B gave us logacal reasoning - mute colors, which don't hide original work of Mich.
B is my answer
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11 Mar 2005, 09:01
C for me, I think "E" actually means that Volterraâ€™s additions are as valuable as any other additions and not that his work is as valuable as Mich's work.
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11 Mar 2005, 13:54
C for me.

Since Da Volterraâ€™s painting are similar to Michelangeloâ€™s, so when you remove Da Volterraâ€™s, you probablly will remove what was painted by Michelangelo. to ensure we don't distort the original painting, we rather keep Da Volterr's painting.
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11 Mar 2005, 14:17
A goal of the restorers is to uncover Michelangeloâ€™s original work

if da Volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then there is no possibility to uncover Michelangelo's work if they strip away da volterra's work - it does not achieve their goal.

A)
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11 Mar 2005, 20:17
The OA is A.

But still no explicit explanation.

nocilis, could explain more?
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11 Mar 2005, 20:26
nocilis wrote:
A goal of the restorers is to uncover Michelangeloâ€™s original work

if da Volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then there is no possibility to uncover Michelangelo's work if they strip away da volterra's work - it does not achieve their goal.

A)

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11 Mar 2005, 21:04
I would rate this as one of the best questions!!

good one nocillis!!!
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11 Mar 2005, 22:29
Could you explain more?

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12 Mar 2005, 10:09
nocilis wrote:
A goal of the restorers is to uncover Michelangeloâ€™s original work

if da Volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then there is no possibility to uncover Michelangelo's work if they strip away da volterra's work - it does not achieve their goal.

A)

nocilis, that was brilliant !

Chunjuwu, the reason for removing the addition to michaelangelo's work is to uncover the original work. Thus if de volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then stripping away his work will not uncover michelangelo's work, and this defects the purpose of the removal.
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12 Mar 2005, 12:59
Thanks. Some how this one was plain obvious to me - one of those good days.
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12 Mar 2005, 14:44
it is c...
C gives the most convincin reason
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ywilfred wrote:
nocilis wrote:
A goal of the restorers is to uncover Michelangeloâ€™s original work

if da Volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then there is no possibility to uncover Michelangelo's work if they strip away da volterra's work - it does not achieve their goal.

A)

nocilis, that was brilliant !

Chunjuwu, the reason for removing the addition to michaelangelo's work is to uncover the original work. Thus if de volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then stripping away his work will not uncover michelangelo's work, and this defects the purpose of the removal.

HI, ywilfred
Do you mean if restorers remove de volterra's addition, these restorers will see nothing?
Right?
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14 Mar 2005, 01:44
Perfect one on this, Noc. Perfect! I was sure of (A) with exactly the same reasoning. Very easily eliminated the rest.
Late on this anyway...
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14 Mar 2005, 07:41
initially went with C. but yup talking about original work.. it has to be A.
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14 Mar 2005, 09:59
chunjuwu wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
nocilis wrote:
A goal of the restorers is to uncover Michelangeloâ€™s original work

if da Volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then there is no possibility to uncover Michelangelo's work if they strip away da volterra's work - it does not achieve their goal.

A)

nocilis, that was brilliant !

Chunjuwu, the reason for removing the addition to michaelangelo's work is to uncover the original work. Thus if de volterra has stripped away all layers of paint before he painted, then stripping away his work will not uncover michelangelo's work, and this defects the purpose of the removal.

HI, ywilfred
Do you mean if restorers remove de volterra's addition, these restorers will see nothing?
Right?

Hi Chunjuwu, it's not because they see nothing. The restorers removed addition with only one objective in mind:

- To uncover michelangelo's original paintings

we're told de volterra scraped away michelangelo's original painting before adding his own painting.
So if this is true, the restorers by removing de volterra's work will not achieve what they set out to acheive initially - to uncover michelangelo's original work.

So yes, in a way, becuase they see nothing, they do not achieve their aim. So A is the answer.
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14 Mar 2005, 10:05
My answer is A...if davolterra stripped away the paint underneath (i.e. he removed Michealangelo's painting to add his own), then removal of his work would mean that there would be a "hole" where davolterra's painting were so it makes sense to keep his work.
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