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Art: Visual Plagiarism: Pastiche



The Grove Dictionary of Art defines Pastiche as an "image that self-consciously borrows its style, technique, or motifs from other works of art yet is not a direct copy.  The result can be sometimes incoherent and deliberately exaggerated and satirical, as in caricature" (Grove Dictionary of Art).  Some critics argue that pastiche creates debate regarding social and cultural context.  Others argue pastiche lacks innovation and is just a recycling of old ideas.‚Äč  The key to pastiche is one must add something to the original; simply changing the materials used to create the object is not enough.

Examples of Pastiche:

Left: Parthenon by ASaber91 is licensed under CC BY 4.0 - Built 125 AD, Rome, Italy

Right: Villa Almerico Capra (La Rotonda), Vicenza, Italia by Quinok is licensed under CC BY 4.0 - Palladio 1556-1590

Right: Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1485-1486. Tempera on Canvas, 172.5 x 278.5 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, 

Left: Leopold Forstner, Spring, 1907. Mosaic, Grand Hotel Wiesler, Graz, Austria. (Jugendstilmosaik Hotel Wiesler, Graz 1 Glasmosaik „Der Frühling“ von Leopold Forstner by Thomas Ledi licensed under CC BY 4.0)