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Visual Art Plagiarism : Parody

This guide will help clarify inspiration & plagiarism in the visual arts including architecture, art, & design.

Parody

The purpose of a parody is to joke, ridicule or satirize the original.   A parody imitates or makes fun of an original artistic work, author, or genre.  Typically, this is done in a humorously, exaggerated imitation (Oxford Dictionary)‚Äč.  In order to successfully create a parody, the original must be easily recognizable to ensure the viewer can appreciate the jest.  

 

Examples in Parody:

 

Right:  Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave, 1830-1832. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 10 1/8 x 14 15/16 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/45434.

Left: Courtesy of Sonny Malhotra, Sea is for Cookie, 2013, www.sonnymalhotra.com.


Right: Sidney R. Smith, Tate Britain, London, UK, 1897. Photograph courtesy of Corinne Kennedy.

Left: Robert Venturi, Children's Museum of Houston, Houston, TX, 1992. "Museum of Houston" by Wally Gobetz CC BY-NC-ND 4.0