Is there an art-related idiom that compares two things/people as being alike but different in some way? For example, if I were comparing two bankers who are different, I'd say they were two sides of the same coin.

I'm trying to find something related to painting/sculpting.

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    A diptych (art), a double-feature (film), flip side (LP records),
    – Cascabel
    Jun 15 '17 at 20:05
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    Two themes on the same subject.
    – ab2
    Jun 15 '17 at 20:35
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    Not specific to art, but cut from the same cloth is at least in this ballpark. I guess you could play on that and say the were hewn/carved from the same stone/rock. Jun 15 '17 at 21:54
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    Two colors on the same pallet
    – Jim
    Jun 15 '17 at 23:00
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    @Jim, palette ;)
    – vpn
    Jun 15 '17 at 23:47

One could say the son of a sculptor was "a chip off the old block."

  • This is more a comparison of one thing, usually a person, from a more established thing, or person. Almost always a way to describe a son in comparison to his father.
    – Unrelated
    Jul 24 '17 at 23:19

I don't know any common ones, but why not invent your own?

Two acts of the same play.

Two editions of the same book.

Two recordings of the same song.

  • I will do that if I haven't missed something that already exists.
    – J.H.
    Jun 15 '17 at 20:03
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    How can a request for an idiom be answered 'Why not invent your own?'? Jun 15 '17 at 21:16

I thought about different shades of gray - and yes - with the small 'g' :) The colour connotation is obvious. Two things looking the same on first glance, but when it comes to the details..

  • I'm comparing a sculptor and a painter who had very similar, yet very different, approaches to art. So using the color gray would not work, in my mind. But thanks for the suggestion!
    – J.H.
    Jul 3 '17 at 19:56

Mock'd by the same hand. The reference is to Shelley's poem Ozymandias. The spelling is from his original manuscript. It's a fairly well-known poem, with allusions to the fate of sculpture that may be relevant to what you are trying to convey.

  • I'd use this if I were writing for adults, but my audience is the younger crowd. Thanks for the suggestion!
    – J.H.
    Jul 3 '17 at 19:57
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    If it's a really young crowd, the clay animation work in Wallace & Gromit might give you some examples. Jul 4 '17 at 21:42

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