Why make more than one copy of a portrait?
Today, the use of digital cameras makes it possible for us to produce infinite copies of our portraits, while programs such as Photoshop allow us to restyle those portraits to our hearts’ content. But the desire to replicate and alter portraits is in no way a twenty-first-century phenomenon. Throughout world history, people have sought ways to do these very things. However, as the Moche terracotta heads and Warhol’s silkscreen portraits demonstrate, their reasons have not always been the same.