3D printing art history (ctd.)

August 28 2017

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Picture: British Museum

Back in 2013 I reported that you could buy, for $30k, a 3D printed replica of a Van Gogh. It looked quite good, and more recently we have had 3D printed replicas (of a Del Piombo) at the National Gallery. But setting the cause of 3D printed replicas back somewhat is a new product being touted by the British Museum, a copy of their c.130-140AD bust of Antinous. For £250 you get a 25cm high resin bust which lacks any of the definition or texture of the original. A souvenir Parianware bust from the 19th Century would look better. How can the BM charge £250 for this?

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