You may be familiar with the concept of multiple discovery, in which scientists coincidentially make similar discoveries independent of each other and around the same time period. Examples include Leibniz and Newton both discovering calculus, Darwin and Wallace both making discoveries on evolution, Bell and Gray both inventing the telephone, and so on.

I'm wondering if there are any examples of this same sort of thing in art history? Furthermore, I'm wondering if we see any examples of one-upmanship going on in the art world, throughout history. Were there ever any famous artists who started doing something brand new, only to have their ideas remixed by some young upstart? Are there any such patterns in the art world, of note?

  • This looks like two different (and almost unrelated) questions to me. You might do better to ask them separately. – Steve Bird Jun 16 '17 at 18:14
  • @Steven Burnap: It's a rubber duck,. but is it art? Or just the engineering involved in scaling up from the traditional bathtub-sized rubber duck? – jamesqf Jun 17 '17 at 4:43
  • Well, I can give my opinion, but it probably conflicts with the artist's opinion. – Steven Burnap Jun 17 '17 at 4:44
  • I'm no art expert, but consider how Renaissance artists latched on to the idea of geometric perspective, or the sudden fads for Impressionism and later abstract "art". – jamesqf Jun 17 '17 at 4:48

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