Copies existed long before Xerox machines, as Dr. Know explains in this question from the March 2012 issue.
While on vacation in St. Augustine, we went to see that city’s famous Bridge of Lions. Imagine our surprise to discover that the lions were UC’s Mick and Mack! Which city’s leonine landmarks came first? —Cat Fancier Dear Fancier:The Doctor wonders if there is any city (other than Boston) whose citizens are as sure as Cincinnatians that their city is the font of all in this world that is good, artistic, useful, or interesting? The truth is that the Ohio and Florida lions you describe are actually leoni, copies of Italian originals. And that the pair on the University campus were not originally academic. They were picked up by 19th century Northside plutocrat Jacob Hoffner in his travels and donated by his estate after his death. The mascots’ names would, then, more properly be Michele and Macco. The originals, one Roman, one Renaissance, may be seen, the Doctor believes, under the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence (Italy, not Kentucky).
As to the Augustine doppelgangers, the Doctor must sadly inform you that the pirating of intellectual property that causes us so much intellectual and financial distress these days is no recent phenomenon. Sculpture has been knocked off since it was invented, and much of the knocking off has been carried out by the sculptors themselves, happy to spread around as many copies of their works as the market might bear.
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