For our one hundredth artifact (!) let’s take a peek into the lives of artists who reproduce other artists’ art.

When it came time to find a piece to follow our artifact about feminist economics, we expected to choose a story specifically women and their work, but when we came across this article from Hyperallergic, it struck us with its uniqueness.

Like stay-at-home women and men, these artisans’ roles are often overlooked in the grand scheme of the world. In both cases, the individual’s talents are nearly always phrased as comparisons. A stay-at-home mother performs her daily work because her partner works outside the home and one of these artisans carves a sculpture because the original sculptor made it first. But does that affect the importance of their work?


Some other questions to consider:

How do we decide what is good art and what is not-so-good art?

What makes artwork famous? How does an artist become famous?

How do modern other types of art-making tools than the ones mentioned in this article compare to those used throughout history?

Why does Italy as a whole always seem to be a hotbed of art creation? How long has it had this reputation?


Image: “At the caster’s,” 1886, by Jean-François Raffaëlli via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]


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