Benjamin wrote of how a work of art is reproducible and imitated, this made me think of the resent discovery of a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" that was painted by a pupil of his. The discovery being that it was painted around the same time as the original was created, giving history to the time of existence not only to this piece but to Leonardo da Vinci's as well.
What I understand from this is that Benjamin speaks of the work of art as the use of skill and imagination in the creation of objects, experiences, environments that are shared with others in a sense of trying to expose what constitutes art. However, the question is a trick question even to this day, what is art, what distinguishes it? What satisfies that definition and our perception of it?