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New CODARTfeature: Open Access and Art History in the 21st Century: The Case for Open GLAM by Douglas McCarthy

For our newest feature open access scholar Douglas McCarthy offers insights into the world of copyright and digitization. What are the pros and cons of open access for museums and society? Why have some museums embraced open access while others have yet to do so? And how does open access relate to the practice of art history today?

“When someone photographs a Jan van Eyck painting, should they be entitled to a copyright in the newly created image? When a museum worker digitally scans an antique engraving, is the resulting file the museum’s ‘own intellectual creation’? The answer depends on various factors …” Read on…


Published monthly, the features provide information on new curatorial developments, current projects, collections of Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide, as well as insight into the work of the museum curator.

Last month’s feature was The Impact of Covid on Museums by Nina Siegal. To browse all features, visit