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Simulacrum

In words & phrases on March 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Simulacrum (plural: simulacra)  is Latin for likeness or similarity and its first recorded use in the English language was in the late 16th century, used to describe a representation of another thing, such as a statue or a painting, especially of a god.  By the late 19th century, simulacrum had gathered a secondary association of inferiority: an image without the substance or qualities of the original.  Philosopher Fredric Jameson offers photorealism as an example of artistic simulacrum, where a painting is sometimes created by copying a photograph.

via Simulacrum – Wikipedia

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