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  Effect of flash on a varnished painting.
by breughel

The Louvre has a sound policy for photography and filming. The "règlement" is found on www.lelouvre.fr > Visit > Aids & Amenities > Amenities.
Changes occured in 2008 as you will read from following text:

Règlement de visite du Musée.

Une nouvelle rédaction de l’article 33 du règlement de visite concernant l'autorisation de photographier dans les salles du musée vient d'être adopté par le Conseil d'administration :

"Dans les salles des collections permanentes, les œuvres peuvent être photographiées ou filmées pour l’usage privé de l’opérateur.
L’usage des flashes, et autres dispositifs d’éclairage est prohibé.
Dans les salles d'expositions temporaires, il est interdit de photographier et de filmer.
Il est également interdit de filmer et de photographier les installations et les équipements techniques"

Museum photography policy

The museum's board of directors has recently (2008) adopted a new Regulation regarding photography in the museum:

"Still and video photography is permitted for private, non commercial use only in the galleries housing the permanent collection.
The use of flash or other means of artificial lighting is prohibited.
Photography and filming are not permitted in the temporary exhibition galleries. The same restrictions apply to the photographing or filming of technical installations and equipment."

This is an important change because previously photography and filming were prohibited on the first floor of the Denon wing at the galleries of Italian (includes Mona Lisa), Spanish and French (large-format) paintings as well as the Apollo gallery in the same Denon wing. Elsewhere photography and filming was allowed even with flash although this was discouraged.

I never use a flash because many paintings are behind glass or are varnished what reflects the flash light; same for all objects protected by windows.
The exhibition rooms at Le Louvre are rather dark so that you have to adjust the ISO sensitivity of your photo apparatus. Further problem are the windows or lights reflecting on the exhibited objects.

Address: Musée du Louvre
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

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