The value of things

The value of things

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Venus de Milo, for example: Not any restorer in its brains would think of continuing her arms… What was that girl doing? Who could have the certainty? Who would dare to put in the artists’ place to make an approximation, though admitting it was an hypothesis? Or what an illuminated would modify the authentic to give it a new point of view? It has so much significance for itself the way it is, that it already “works” even amputated. No one considers that it is broken or not functioning. Who knows if two thousand years ago this piece of marble was a towel-hanger, or it had any other function (religious, cultural) that exceeded the “merely” artistic… The value and meaning that we attribute to it today vetoes any attempt to “fix it” and “improve it”, because it already works as it is.