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Q: Auschwitz painter fights for her death camp portraits ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Auschwitz painter fights for her death camp portraits
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: uzzz-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 21 Sep 2006 04:23 PDT
Expires: 21 Oct 2006 04:23 PDT
Question ID: 767240
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Poland is under pressure to give back
a series of watercolours painted by an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor.

See article from The Guardian:

Some of the painting can be seen:

My question: With the technology available today how much would it
cost to produce perfect replicas of these 7 paintings so that copies
could remain in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum?

Thank you.
Subject: Re: Auschwitz painter fights for her death camp portraits
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 21 Sep 2006 07:09 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear uzzz-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. The
actual reproduction of an original work of art hasn?t changed much
since ancient times. A perfect replica is still hand painted by a
highly skilled artist in the same way that reproductions were made in
the days of the early art masters. In the early years an artists
meticulously studied the technique of the original artist and
endeavored to recreate the work using that same technique, materials
and color combinations based on what was known or what could be
determined by visually examining the finished original piece. These
were rarely flawless but were often so close that only an expert would
tell the difference.

Nowadays however the examination of the original art has changed
dramatically, making the manual reproduction mush easier. No longer
does the study of the technique etc. rely on the visual examination
alone. Today the ?in situ? examination is aided by scientific
machinery and each brush stroke is choreographed like a dance in order
to create an exact replica. The subsequent layers of paint and the
structure of the brush strokes as well as the combinations of paint
and exact hues and the precise texture and thread of the original
canvas can be determined in a laboratory using microscopes and other
special analytical equipment and the result are astounding.


You can see some of the masterpieces that have been replicated by this
company and I think you will agree that they are astonishing
duplicates of the original works. This company, for example, submits
the finished replica to the Russian Museum Expert Copy Commission,
which compares the creation to the original. The Commission has
stringent rules and any detected flaws prevent the work from becoming
a Commission certified replica.


You can contact them here:


In modern times duplication can often be done by a reputable company
at only a fraction of the cost of the current market value of the
original, making such an effort quite affordable indeed.

Another possibility is a technique called Giclée printing (pronounced
Gee?clay; a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an
inkjet printer works). Unlike manual replication which costs anywhere
from several hundred to several thousand dollars in some cases, this
technique can sometimes be done for as little as $100-$500 each
depending largely on the size of the commissioned work and the
materials used rather than the complexity of it.


Are these digital recreations convincing? It certainly seems so. In
fact, many of the works displayed in some of the most notable museums
around the world today are (brace yourself) not original, but Giclées.
Many of the people who flock to museums to see ?masterpieces? are
instead treated to an exhibit of Giclée works and they never detected
the difference:

?Dozens of museums have mounted exhibitions or purchased Giclées for
their permanent collections. These include The Metropolitan Museum
(New York), the Guggenheim (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts
(Boston), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the
Philadelphia Museum, the Butler Institute (Youngstown, OH), the
Corcoran (DC), the National Gallery for Women in the Arts (DC), the
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (DC), the Walker Art Center, the
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the New York Public Library Print
Collection, the High Museum (Atlanta), the California Museum of
Photography, the National Museum of Mexico and the San Jose Museum,
among others.?

Here are some sources that create such replicas:





The short answer to your question is that virtually ?perfect?
reproduction can be created today quite inexpensively and cost can
range from as little as $100 to several thousand dollars depending on
the method used. If I read your intent correctly, my guess is that if
the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is agreeable to the arrangement the
funds to create the replicas could probably be easily obtained through
individual donations, grants or proper philanthropic organizations. In
the big scheme of things I don?t envision the costs being prohibitive
or even considerably exorbitant given today?s technology. If this is
your intent, I applaud your very noble efforts to resolve the ongoing
problem to both party?s mutual satisfaction by taking the initiative
to preserve this unfortunate series of events for the sake of history
while restoring the original beloved paintings to their rightful

I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher


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uzzz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank you for the quick answer. A little information in the right
hands could go a long way to resolve this unfortunate story.

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