What is it called when an artist copies an art work?

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I received an email yesterday asking me: “What is it called when an artist copies an art work?”.

When an artist copies an art work it’s called an art reproduction or reproduction oil painting or simply replica art. Artists have been copying art since 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.

Admirer of Renoir or Botticelli? Perhaps Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ is what you find really special?! Well forget buying the print, if you’re looking for something really special, your can now order a fine art reproduction oil painting of your favourite masterpiece!

Art reproduction, otherwise known as art replicas, fine art reproductions, reproduction oil paintings, art copies, are just that – they are copies of usually well-known paintings that are hand-painted by a professional artist.

I hope that answers your question!

Do you have an art reproduction 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

One Response to “What is it called when an artist copies an art work?”

  1. Karly - Pullingers says:

    Great post! It almost begs the question – is there anything wrong with replica art? Although I think some people simply don’t see the point in reproducing something already completely mastered by the original artist, their images are clearly a thing of beauty and creating a reproduction allows the viewer to own something wholly original in creation if not design.

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