What is a Replica?

What is a replica?  It is effectively a copy of a piece of art made by a famous artist meant to be identical to the original.  If you have ever been to a museum gift shop you will find plenty of replicas of famous art pieces for sale inside.  A good replica will bring the piece of art to life and allow you to see and touch it where you cannot touch the original.  Try touching the original Mona Lisa in the Louvre and you will find yourself in a French prison very quickly.  You will find plenty of replicas of that and other famous paintings or pieces of art all over the world.

Is it Exactly Like the Original?

Replicas and reproductions are meant to look exactly like the originals, but there are some differences.  For example you can buy posters of famous paintings almost everywhere and while they capture the same images and colors they do not adequately capture the fine detail or the brush strokes of the original.  It is simply not the same.

Hand painted replicas are more than just transferring a photographic image onto a large piece of paper they are much better than that.  These are hand painted by artists who have spent years studying their craft and learning the same techniques that the original painter used.  Many are indistinguishable from the original unless you are an art expert yourself.  These paintings are near museum quality, in fact there has been more than one replica or forgery discovered in museums all over the world.

Not Just Paintings that are Replicated

It is not just paintings that are replicated and sold as curios it all kinds of different pieces of art from tapestries to bronze statues.  For instance replica sculptures are created all the time to decorate homes and businesses.  These are made using the “lost wax method”.  This method of casting bronze dates back more than 6,000 years.  In the early days the statues were made from solid bronze for nearly 4,000 years until artist discovered how to make them hollow.  Good replicas, those that aren’t mass produced are often made using the same techniques of the original artists.

Is this Legal

Actually yes it is completely legal.  A reputable museum will emphasize the fact that they are replicas of the original, they are long passed out of copyright and are part of the public domain.  You can still brighten up your home with classic looking pieces of art  when the original is way out of your budget.