Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I can understand the desire to clone artwork. The works being cloned are absolute masterpieces and are in styles that just aren’t produced anymore in the modern world and never will be again. I think recreating them to look as vibrant as the day they were unveiled, and properly displaying them pays respect to them. With the Wedding at Cana, cloning improved its appearance and displayed the piece as it was always meant to be seen. Greenaway’s Last Supper allows us to look at that piece in a whole new light and re-appreciate something we have seen so many times. With both of these cases, the recreations focused on appreciating the artwork, and the projects were tasteful and well-received. It’s a fine line though. Greenaway has the talent to be able to recreate a magnificent piece while still respecting it. Not everyone has this ability and not everyone should have the honor of messing with masterpieces. It gets tricky if cloning is done for the wrong reasons, like if one museum has a piece that another museum wishes it had, so they just clone it. Deciding which pieces are cloned and for what reasons should be a very selective process, and should never lose sight of paying respect to these masterpieces.