Digital replicas are not soulless – they help us engage with art

APOLLO | Erich Hatala Matthes:

Recent advances in digital technology have some art-lovers on edge. Now that we have the ability to digitally scan and 3D-print works of art, will we be compelled to abandon our interest in originals, occupying ourselves with cheaper and more abundant replicas instead?

Examples of this angst are abundant. In a recent Wall Street Journal article about museums supplying donors with digital replicas of their former works, Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, reassures readers worried about copies creeping into museum collections: ‘We still believe in the aura of artists’ works,’ he said. ‘People who come here need to see the originals.’… Read more