Author portrait in the Vienna Dioscurides (early 6th century, Constantinople)
St. Matthew from the Coronation Gospels (circa 800 AD, Aachen)
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius (180 CE, Rome)
gilded bronze, about 11′ 6″
Charlemagne Equestrian statue (9th century)
Triple Elvis, (1963)
The Culture of the Copy is an unprecedented attempt to make sense of our Western fascination with replicas, duplicates, and twins. In a work that is breathtaking in both its synthetic and critical achievements, Hillel Schwartz charts the repercussions of our entanglement with copies of all kinds, whose presence alternately sustains and overwhelms us.