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No Frankenstein statues, please

August 17, 2008

PUT A head on that statue, no! Not if it is to become an ethical art conservation ("A Skull Session Over a Statue," by Sean Mitchell, Aug. 10). Jerry Podany of the Getty knows that.

I heard professional conservators in 1960 say: "Art conservation ends when conjecture begins." Mitchell clearly spells out the conjecture -- "Is it a woman or man?" No guesses are allowed, and that was the determination of the art conservators. Good for them and Mitchell.

Bud Goldstone

Westchester

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