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NEH Enduring Questions Course on Conceptions of Authenticity and Originality
Stephanie Porras, Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The

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What is a copy? website (Web Resource)
Title: What is a copy? website
Author: Stephanie Porras
Author: Elizabeth Mauermann
Author: Wiley Aker
Author: Megan Brown
Author: Olivia Gillingham
Author: Jenna Levine
Author: Gioia Spatafora
Author: Renata Voci
Author: Katherine Winford
Author: Emily Hogrefe Riboro
Abstract: A website containing online exhibitions produced by my seminar "What is a copy?" taught in the Fall 2015 at Tulane University. Students collected metadata, built records and curated online exhibitions of copies found in their rooms, encountered in readings and in their own research. The exhibitions incorporate reflections on readings done in the seminar and each student was responsible for populating and building an online exhibition on a copy or a copying practice for their final project.
Year: 2015
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Website homepage
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: This page takes you directly to the list of exhibitions built by the seminar.

Copies, cannibals and conquerors: Maarten de Vos’s The Big Fish eat the Small (Article)
Title: Copies, cannibals and conquerors: Maarten de Vos’s The Big Fish eat the Small
Author: Stephanie Porras
Abstract: This article focuses on a single print by the Flemish artist Maarten de Vos, The Big Fish Eat Little Fish, a pastiche of earlier prints. The engraving's central figures copy Pieter Bruegel the Elder's imitation of Bosch for print publisher Hieronymus Cock, while the images of American Indians as cannibals derive from woodcuts. The print is discussed as commentating on materialism and acquisition as well as Antwerp's hegemony in trade, aligning the Spanish conquest of America with the ongoing battle for control in the Low Countries.
Year: 2014
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Publisher's website and download available to subscribers.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: The document as uploaded to my page, available to other members of
Access Model: Subscription only, also placed on
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (Netherlands Yearbook for the History of Art)
Publisher: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (Boston and Leiden: Brill)

Original Copies: Art and the Practice of Copying (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Original Copies: Art and the Practice of Copying
Author: Stephanie Porras
Author: Lena Bader
Author: Brigid von Preussen
Author: Rebecca Jayne Wade
Author: Adina Tamar Kamien-Kazhdan
Author: Giulia Paoletti
Abstract: Technologies of copying – printing, casting, digital duplication – have always engendered debates about artistic authorship and invention. Copying can be viewed as a debasement and as creative praxis. Albrecht Dürer complained about copyists but also advised young artists learning to draw to “copy the work of good masters until you attain a free hand.” Copying can also produce originality. Andy Warhol’s copies of Brillo Boxes expose this paradox, asking (in Arthur Danto’s words): “What is the difference between two things, exactly alike, one of which is art and one is not?” This session brought together papers addressing techniques and functions of artworks that copy other objects (drawings, prints, casts, rubbings, photographs) produced from the early modern period to today, as well as the legal, ethical, philosophical and ontological issues embedded in copying in Europe, Africa and the Americas. The session encouraged a far-reaching dialogue about the problematic status of the copy in the history of art.
Date: 02/11/2015
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: College Art Associatioin 2015 Conference online guide
Conference Name: College Art Association Annual Conference 2015