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Art: Visual Plagiarism: Parody



The purpose of a parody is to joke, ridicule, or satirize the original. A parody imitates or makes fun of an original artistic work, author, or genre.  Typically, this is done in a humorously exaggerated imitation (Oxford Dictionary).  To successfully create a parody, the original must be easily recognizable to ensure the viewer can appreciate the jest.  

Examples in Parody:

Katsushika Hokusai.  The Great Wave, 1830–32. Wood Block print   

Right:  Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave, 1830-1832. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 10 1/8 x 14 15/16 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Left: Courtesy of Sonny Malhotra, Sea is for Cookie, 2013,

Tate Britain Museum 

Right: Sidney R. Smith, Tate Britain, London, UK, 1897. Photograph courtesy of Corinne Kennedy.

Left: Robert Venturi, Children's Museum of Houston, Houston, TX, 1992. "Museum of Houston" by Wally Gobetz licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0