In the art world, replicas are typically thought to be of low value. However skillfully created, they remain in the eyes of many mere copies, pointing toward an original of greater significance. In recent years, however, replicas and multiples have come to occupy a more central position in discussions about ancient, medieval, and early modern art. Multiples in Pre-Modern Art looks at the production and reception of replicas and multiples before the nineteenth century. Through a series of questions - What happens if a copy purposely points t to an original but to ather copy? What does it matter that some serially made multiples are t identical? - many of the works are reappraised as significant art forms in their own right.
Walter Cupperi is an art historian and an Exzellenzinitiative Research Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.