06 Nov TRUE OR FALSE? THE VALUE OF UNIQUENESS
The dictionary says: “The quality of being the only one of a kind, without an equal, in an absolute sense or relating to some aspects and characteristics.” When I work, I often seek comfort in the “bible of words.” When I have some doubts (or when I want to dispel them), I open up that large book with the very thin pages and always find an answer.
This idea comes from Laura Mariani who, together with Alberto and Alessandro, owns Mariani Affreschi.
“An additional benefit of our works,” she explains, “is the fact that they are unique. Indeed, each work, even though it is a replica of a painting selected from our catalogue, has the special characteristic of being hand painted and therefore being different from the original.” An intelligent concept which can be interpreted in many ways.
In fact, if you really think about it, to paint a replica an artist mixes the basic colours to create the various shades which change imperceptibly each time, also due to external factors such as the weather conditions or emotions of the painter and their psychological condition at that precise moment, which are never the same. These diversities add to the painting, they do not detract from it.
For example, imagine having a painting by Tamara de Lempicka in your home, the very famous one of a woman wearing a green dress, with a unique and exclusive look and feel, made especially for you by an artist who was inspired by the original. Or perhaps a painting by Mucha or Klimt.
Copying, for a real artist, is impossible. We accept their “dark side” and bring them into our homes as an added extra.