A few words from Walter Benjamin


I read Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility” (second version) for another class this week and wanted to share part of his discussion of the authenticity of a thing :

“The authenticity of a thing is the quintessence of all that is transmissible in it from its origin on, ranging from its physical duration to the historical testimony relating to it.”

He also emphasized that the history of an object includes, “changes to the physical structure of the work over time, together with any changes in ownership.”

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