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1. Definition and significance

A copy (from Latin copia, “amount, abundance”; medieval Latin, “duplication”; French, copie, “verbatim transcription”) is the artistic imitation (Mimesis) of a work of art in the same medium without the intention to deceive (Forgery). Its significance stems from its nature as a reference to the original - it attests the reception of the copied original work. The morally charged terms “genuine” and “fake”…

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Lehmann, Doris, “Copy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022644>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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