Museums and galleries make art available. That’s why we love them. However, as the world rapidly advances in the digital age, “availability” is a word that’s becoming more problematic — or is it? A case in point at the National Gallery of Denmark has us thinking. Where will you stand?
The National Gallery of Denmark is home to a world-class collection of plaster casts from antiquity that display everything from pagan gods and goddesses to heroes, warriors, and athletes. The museum recently announced that it has made available nearly 25,000 works — digitally, that is. Significantly — and quite interestingly — the museum has created a number of three-dimensional images of its renowned plaster sculptures, inviting the public to use, share, and remix the digital casts.
For educational purposes, the move by the museum is a moment of celebration, making otherwise inaccessible works accessible all over the world with the click of a mouse. Further, these three-dimensional images allow more accurate consideration of the sculptures from multiple viewpoints and angles.
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