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Art: Visual Plagiarism: Homage



Homage means "to give or pay tribute" (Oxford English Dictionary). In design, one would use a work from a previous creator, then using one's own style to create something new. One must be clear in the interpretation of the original and not just a copy of the original, showing a degree of transformation. Colin Ruffell, UK artist and Past Master of the Guild, suggests sticking to the 'old dead masters' to pay homage.

Examples of Homage:

Left: Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Children, 1819-1823.  Oil on canvas, 146 x 83 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Right: Gabriel Navar, app for extreme times, 2012.  Acrylic, oil, ink, and pencils on paper, 24 x 18 in.

Right: Wright, Frank Lloyd and Eddie Oribin, Architects, David Apri, photographer. Robie House, University of Chicago, IL, 1910. licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Left: Stephen Jaskowiak, architect, West Studio Architects, photograph.  Harmonic Winds, Geneva, IL, 2016. licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.