Are copies of art as good as original?

Are copies of art as good as original?

Art copies of art have been going on for centuries; Off the top of my head I can date it as far back as the 15th century with copies of woodblock illustrations. Even, the famous Italian painter, Raphael who was impressed with copper engravings had prints made of his own designs. However, it’s the hand painted art copies of famous paintings that have really begun to flourish in the 21st century.

The fine art copies of art such as classic masterpieces and famous oil paintings is undoubtedly the closest alternative there is to owning an original piece of art. This is where a professional artist will faithfully replicate / copy another painting. The artist will hand-paint the art copy using oil paints onto canvas just like the original, whether it’s  fine art copy of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to art copies of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, anybody who loves art can commission a reproduction oil painting for usually less than £300.

However, is or can fine art copies of art ever be as good as the original?

Art copies of art as good as original?

To answer this question we have to consider the four quality levels of fine art copies. Commercial, medium, high and then top quality also known as museum quality art copies.

Museum quality art copies are the crème de la crème, the best in the industry and yes if the artist is accomplished and technically skilled enough, then fine art copies of art can be as good as the original. However, on the downside, there are many cheap art reproduction companies out there on the web and unfortunately if you are going to pay peanuts for an art reproduction then there is a high probability that the customer is going to be sorely disappointed with what will usually be a sub-standard art copy. Meaning that the art reproduction will lack detail and accuracy, and is usually so different from the original that you’d have wished you had just bought the poster.

The lesson to learn if you want to order fine art copies of art that are as good as the original is to shop around first. Look at art examples on art reproduction websites first and compare them yourself to the original. If there aren’t many examples on their website, why is this? Is it because their fine art copies are quite poor quality and are not accurate enough for them to be on there. Another tip is to Google the name of your chosen reproduction company and see if there are any reviews written about them from previous customers.

Yes there are copies of art that are as good as the original; just make sure you do your homework first.

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our art reproductions please email tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk or leave a comment.

Have no idea who we are?

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We’re an art reproduction company called Fabulous Masterpieces that solely concentrates on painting museum quality art copies of art.  We’ve even produced a magazine on the topic to help you out if you want to learn more about fine art copies. Just click on the image above.

Bye for now

Anna x

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