The Easel

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

Roman sculptures were often copies of Greek antiquities. Should we regard them, or modern digital reproductions, as no different to forgeries? “The worry that replicas will lead us to lose interest in originals is just speculation”.  Crowds wanting selfies with the Mona Lisa show that “where digital reproductions are concerned, people still care about the proximity of the replica, and themselves, to the genuine article.”