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Fake Flower
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0806  Wednesday, 27 April 2005

From:           Douglas Galbi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Apr 2005 09:10:11 -0400
Subject:        Re: Fake Flower

It's excellent that the NPG is doing analysis of the Flower Portrait
(see http://www.npg.org.uk/live/prelsearching.asp )I have no doubt that
material analysis can provide highly convincing evidence about the date
of the painting.  But for such evidence to be convincing, it has to be
made publicly available in sufficient detail for independent review.  I
don't think that general claims about what experts have found and a TV
presentation is convincing evidence.  It's rather a characteristically
contemporary means of arguing from authority.  Experts? On TV? It must
be true!

So I look forward to the exhibit in 2006.  I hope that it will set a
good example of open science on this issue of intense cultural interest.

Douglas Galbi

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