11 April 2007
Van Gogh Discovery
Apparently, they simply asked themselves, "what is this thing in storage in our attic?" and unwrapped it. Then said, "Gee, those brushstrokes look familiar" and called in an expert on Dutch art.
That expert, John Sillevis, says it is Van Gogh.
Here's a link to the story as covered by a newspaper based in Berlin, Germany.
Personally, I'm just astonished that the world of museum curating is as casual as this story makes it appear.
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.