Have you ever thought about why art has been replicated. What benefits has it given us, and has it hurt art in any way, because of it. So lets get on the Soap-Box and get down to the nitty-gritty on the replication of art, and simply. what it means to you. There are many companies popping up on the internet these days. Offering artists the ability to re- produce their art work in exquisite reproductions. But it also has its down side… every artist can sell their art in such a way, having their work reproduced fat very competitive prices.
Lets go back to the time where there were no replications of art work; with the exception of the artist having to re-do another copy of their own art. So in a fact, you could hardly call it a replica, could you. as any art re-done, will always be a bit different, by the artist hand. Artists would painstakingly do their work and sell them piece by piece. Now, there were the times when someone would see this same art piece and want one for their very own. That’s where the artist would have to go back to the start, and re-paint or sculpt their art work, all over again.
So it was the monks in the monasteries that devoted much of their time to hand writing all the pages of a book. That’s right! – writing all those pages. Tedious work, when you think that you have just finished the last page of a book, and your instructions were to write the whole book all over again. Would make you feel as though you would want to through the book out the window. But being a monk, I’m sure they were devoted to their work, or they had a strong constitution.
So… as you could imagine, works of art would have been quite expensive for an original. Of course there were the exceptions, if you were an artist with no name. Selling your piece of art work for a pittance could well have gone on in those days and not so long ago either. Lets face it! the more well known an artist became, the higher the price they can ask for their art work. Its no different to the writers of books in the Olden days. There were no printing presses in those days.
With the emergence of the Industrial revolution, the printing press and the like. Mechanization came about. Now, in the earlier days, they weren’t clever enough to replicate forms such as art. And art replication didn’t really come into full force, as it has done these days. If you were an artist of means, and already had a reputation – you could get one of your (underlings), your apprentice artists to re-do your art work for you. And the main artist might just add the finished touches to the art work, to add their style.