From: Christopher Hughes (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 03 2006 - 13:24:39 PST
Don't know the precise origins of this one, but it bears the marks of urban legend--perhaps serving to further undermine the value system of art in the eyes of a skeptical public. Also, there's a chance this was a ploy to deter potential art thieves. Usually, if a work requires removal for conservation a label is used to indicate this (particularly in the case of a well-known work), or another work from the museum's permanent collection is substituted.
I've heard of museums making copies of
paintings and putting them up instead of
the actual original.
On Fri, 3 Feb 2006, Fred Camper wrote:
> john porter wrote:
>> I wonder how this bootleg got made.
>> Filmmakers like Kubelka have to be careful to not even
>> make preview video copies.
> It was very common to make video dubs of rental prints in Europe as early as
> the 1980s. There are universities in the US who make video dubs of every
> print they rent.
> Fred Camper
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