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Replica Paintings: Valuable Rip-Offs

Author : Jessie Stone

Lots of people flock towards museums everyday in order to see the most amazing pieces of art ever made, yet few of them realize that some of the works they're seeing are actually mere replicas, or rather, reproduction paintings. Admittedly, most of the art pieces found in museums are the 'real deal' , but sometimes the original is removed and hidden away, in order to be retouched and restore it to its original quality, or in the more extreme cases, to have it protected.

During these occasions , some museums commission very high-quality reproduction paintings to allow the everyday art enthusiast to continue viewing and admiring the works of true artists. After all, who would want to go to a museum to look at one of the last great works of da Vinci, to find that it has been taken away to be retouched for an indefinite amount of time. The time wasted, the hassle involved, as well as the disappointment one may encounter in such a situation surely can't be easily waived by a mere sign saying 'Sorry for the inconvenience'.

What was said in the previous paragraph was not meant to disillusion the reader and make one think and wonder whether the 'Madonna of the Rocks' that he saw last year was genuine or not. It should not create the feeling of being cheated nor should it generate the idea that museums are trying to trick everyone by letting the public enjoy the replica whilst keeping the original to themselves. Rather, it should give us the impression that museums and the people behind them truly do care about the public's viewing pleasure as well as their appreciation for art. They retouch old paintings to make sure that what the original artist wanted to portray could be better conveyed by restoring the paintings' original quality, and they also try their best to keep the public satisfied by commissioning museum-quality replica paintings. The feeling one should get is not that of loss, but that of gain for both parties involved.

Reproduction paintings done with excellent skill have amazing quality and can truly feel like the original. Though some may see this as a rip-off for they spent their time and money to see the original, they should realize that although behind every museum or gallery is a business wanting to profit, behind that business is an ideal, something, which is more important than money. For this case, it is the passion for art - whether it takes the form of a moment wherein it captures your imagination or spending days, weeks, or even a lifetime pondering on an artwork's hidden message.

One should remember that reproduction paintings, or for that matter museums and galleries in general, exist for the sake of not only art enthusiasts but for art itself. If we went to museums to see the original just to say that we did, then our appreciation for art is truly shallow, for one can simply not get ripped off when one tries to appreciate the depth and beauty of an impeccable work of art, replica or not.

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