What Is Reproducing The Art Still Complicate?

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Printmaking, photography and film make it possible for works of art to be mechanically reproduced. It is available to everyone. But does the original piece not matter anymore? Is the mechanical reproduction taking away the value of the artwork? Does reproducing the artwork countless times make it less impressive? Is the original worth more than its reproductions?
Just because a piece is easily reproduced does not mean that the original does not have an impact anymore. Walter Benjamin argues that technology is changing art and our perceptions. He says that the original artwork is independent of the copy, yet through the act of reproduction something is taken from the original by changing its context. “Even the most perfect reproduction of a …show more content…

An example is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa has been available for years in all forms. It is among the most replicated works of art. (Wikipedia, 2015) The actual painting in the Musée du Louvre in Paris is not really impressive, but every year six million people visit the museum to see it. They wait hours to be able to see it. Everyone has seen reproductions, may it be paintings or pictures of it. However, there is a certain uniqueness to the original piece which cannot be found in copies. The original painting was always displayed in important places, like at Palace of Fontainebleau in 1519 or in Napoleon’s bedroom in 1800, for example. And that is one of the things that make it more valuable. A work of art is a representation of the time and situation it was made …show more content…

They do have many advantages as well. One of the benefits is that it allows more people to have access to a piece. Not everyone has the money or time to travel to the other side of the world to see a piece of art. Also, reproductions are very helpful in a lot of ways. If artwork could not be reproduced, and if it was only described with words, without a visual image, we would not know how all the pieces of art looked like. We could not study them and go into detail. We could not tell the difference between different pieces. Words alone would lead to imagination and imagination differs for

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