I'll pose the question to our institute group on Monday....we are studying de
Heem's "Still Life with Parrots" (Baroque still life 1640's...on the cover
of the new Jansen!) I hope...as I'm sure you are arguing towards...that the
encounter with the original far surpasses that of the reproduction.
We are providing the participants with a high quality reproduction....a gift
from the museum education staff....
BUT....we also are able to view the ORIGINAL anytime we wish because our
institute is held at the Ringling Museum (home of the de Heem)!
I am not negating the use of reproductions...( but I insist they do need to
be high quality...)
our image bank is added to each time we study a work through any means we can
access it...but our aesthetic response to the work will be totally different
when we finally see the original...it is like meeting an old friend (as our
dear DR. Ron Yrabedra says).
I am glad you are having this debate....
some further questions.
How, or to what degree does technology influence our perception of a
How does (or would) the artist react to a reproduction of his work?
Is a reproduction valuable...and why?