Loans Gone Wrong

This article reminded me a lot of our Collections Management Class. It intrigued me because it calls attention to museum ethics. Would it be ethical to display those paintings? There was minimal evidence that they were not painted by Bosch, there were some small red flags. The provenance suggested it was a Bosch painting, but the experts decided against it. What is also troubling is the experts were being questioned about their expertise.

How do these issues reflect upon our future careers? Not only are people questioning the experts, but the researcher believed it is important to have the paintings there for “comparison.” Would that be unethical? To display something in a Bosch exhibition, that is not a Bosch, just for comparison? These are questions we will have to face, but also people will also be questioning our ability to make these decisions. So what do you guys think?

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