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    aesthetic and historical theories have changed?

    Does "when aesthetic and historical theories have changed? " refer to the present or the future(reduced future perfect)? Is it saying the restored Sistine Chapel has the modern style added to its original old style, then it won't look attractive in the future, when architectural styles have changed?
    So is it emphasizing not to follow the changing trends, considering times?

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    ex)Restoration, as the word itself implies, assumes that one can recreate an artist's original intent and product. At best, restorers' and museum directors' aesthetic preferences and historical theories drive restorations, for it is impossible to step outside one's historical context. How can restorers be so sure that removing a layer of lacquer isn't merely their subconscious attempt to refashion an artwork according to contemporary tastes? What's "restorative" about that? The "restored" Sistine Chapel may look "authentic" today, but will it still look so when aesthetic and historical theories have changed? The master's work reborn may seem to be mistakenly placed in a time where it does not belong. Surely the best approach to any great work of art is to simply leave it alone.

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    Re: aesthetic and historical theories have changed?

    Yes. It means, tomorrow's aesthetics and attitudes to history are likely to differ from today's as much as today's differ from yesterday's.

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    Re: aesthetic and historical theories have changed?

    Does it mean that every time they renovate historical remains, they apply contemporary techniques or styles?
    What does this mean? "it is impossible to step outside one's historical context"

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    Re: aesthetic and historical theories have changed?

    The answer to that is up to you. Read the article, draw your own conclusions.

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    Re: aesthetic and historical theories have changed?

    Just one last question. Would restorers apply their current taste, not considering the original taste of the original artist?
    I mean, if Mona Lisa's ears are missing, does it mean they apply their interpretation of the original ears or the current favored trendy ears?

    "....refashion an artwork according to contemporary tastes?"

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    Re: aesthetic and historical theories have changed?

    Are contemporary tastes the tastes of the fifteenth century, the tastes of the year 2100, or the tastes of today?

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