I just returned from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC where I got my first look at the just opened Willem van Aelst exhibit.  Evidently most peoples’ reactions to seeing these intensely realistic-looking paintings is to take a photograph, and photography is prohibited (since the paintings are all loaned by various different parties some of whom don’t want their property photographed).  The guard was having to tell people over and over again while I was there, “No photography!”  I said to him that the invention of the camera was the bane of his existence, and he corrected me: “No, the cell phone is the bane of my existence.”

So, obviously everyone should do like me and make a drawing!  There’s no prohibition against drawing.  This drawing is a detail from, “Still life with Snail,” one of the several ornate and sumptuous still lifes.  It’s a beautiful exhibit.  Sharpen your pencils, everyone, and get thee there.  (And leave your camera at home.)

2 thoughts on “Absolutely no photography allowed!!!

  1. Thank you for the link, Libby. Happily that has never been the case at the National Gallery. I was at a Pissarro exhibit at the Baltimore Museum where I tried to make a drawing and was told to stop. I don’t know what their rationale was supposed to be. If you stand a respectable distance from the object and don’t hog it, you should be allowed to draw. It’s not very classy of a museum to stop you from drawing since it’s through drawing that the artists they exhibit learned to do their thing.

    So not fair! That’s for sure ….

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