What are the economics of art reproductions?
August 14, 2011 8:25 PM Subscribe
Museum stores and art print retailers (e.g. art.com
) sell reproductions of art in many forms. These include archival-quality prints, postcards, coffee mugs, t-shirts and so on. But sometimes I see a painting in a museum and I can't find any reproductions of it. What determines which pieces of art are available for reproduction and at what price?
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The following related questions might help to outline my ignorance on this subject:
 Some paintings and photographs are widely available in reproduction, while others seem not to be available anywhere. Why?
 For paintings no longer under copyright: are reproductions of these paintings still controlled by law? Or does the owner just have the right to (pragmatically) prevent people from copying the public domain image?
 Do museums who purchase a painting also acquire the copyright to the painting?
 When a museum store sells a print of a 19th century impressionist painting, is there an artist making royalties, or does the revenue all go to the museum? Does the museum have any exclusive right to reproductions of an out-of-copyright 19th century impressionist painting that it owns?
 Does there exist an open repository of high-resolution images of public domain artworks? If not, why not?