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Artist signatures first became prevalent during the early Renaissance, which saw art production shift from co-operative guild systems to a celebration of individual creativity. A signature was the perfect way to differentiate your talent from that of lesser peers. Signatures are also commonly used to keep a record of time, place and medium, as much as they are a signifier of a completed work. James McNeill Whistler had many different styles [he was well known for his use of a butterfly motif not only in his art, but also in his personal correspondence]. In other cases marks are almost completely illegible, such as those of Jean-Michel Basquiat.