Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photo copier

Yesterday at the Musee d’Orsay we saw yet another example of someone painting a copy of an art work in a museum that does not allow photography. This time the artist was right there alongside the do-not-photograph sign and was permitted to take her copy home while the rest of us had to take sneak shots while the guards weren’t looking.

Interestingly, the crowd around the copier never diminished although the painting being copied attracted hardly a glance. It was kind of like ooh-ing and aah-ing over baby photos when the real baby is rolling around on the floor in front of you.