Unformatted text preview: from its creator; perhaps the proper word is “heritage.” Such a quality cannot be found in a copy. Take for another example, Munch’s painting “The Scream.” What if thieves made an exact copy of it, stole the original, and put the fake in its place at the museum? The casual visitor who saw the fake painting would feel the same as if the real one were there. But suppose, later that night, the thieves were caught and turned up on the news. How would the visitor feel then? Probably like he was cheated, because he saw a fake, and not the real thing. If people went to museums purely for aesthetic pleasure, he would not have felt that way. Thus I think that art carries with it a certain uniqueness that cannot be replicated....
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- Spring '08
- Mona Lisa, certain sentimental quality