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The Copyist

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 4 January 2019 in Art & Design.

Taking this picture I am severely reprimanded by a museum guard. I have been snapping away blithely unaware that I am not supposed to be taking photographs in the gallery. Still at least she doesn't make me delete them :) There is a huge collection of Goya's work in the Prado and the student here is copying one of them

Canon EOS 1000D 1/25 second F/3.5 ISO 400 18 mm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany


4 Jan 2019 5:04am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec p'angle ces toiles cette personne quelle vue de ce musée et du peintre
Belle journée

4 Jan 2019 5:49am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

There's definitely a problem here, the artist copying or a photographer taking a photo. Glad you were allowed to keep your photos.

4 Jan 2019 7:04am

yoshimiparis from France

it seems astonishing that you can not take photographs in museums in your country

4 Jan 2019 7:35am

@yoshimiparis: It's in Spain though it's not uncommon in galleries in all sorts of places, in my experience

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Il se débrouille bien

4 Jan 2019 7:39am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Must confess I wondered hw you were getting away with taking photos in the gallery, but put it down to the Grouser charm! We unfortunately have the same rules in some, not all, of our museums and galleries.

4 Jan 2019 9:15am

@dobbino: What gets more complicated, as we discovered later, in some galleries there are rooms where you can photograph (no flash of course, but then who would want it :) and others where you can't

Gérard from Allauch, France

Here is a beautiful incoherence: make a copy, yes; a photo, no!

4 Jan 2019 10:12am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, I wondered why you were allowed to take pictures. Most of museums prohibit taking pictures.
Did the student use a pencil ? Most of museums prohibit using ink.

4 Jan 2019 10:53am

@Hiro: Charcoal here, though someone was painting a copy in another part of the gallery

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

Excellente photo avec une opposition fondamentale...

4 Jan 2019 10:59am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

The good news is that you got away with it so we could see some of the great works there. 5*

4 Jan 2019 12:01pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Here you are allowed to shoot without a flash.
But a nice story-photo from the famous museum ;-0

4 Jan 2019 12:16pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I wondered how you were taking photos. Here there is no photography inside most places. Yet, the artist has freedom. WOnder if he needs a permit?

4 Jan 2019 12:55pm

@Ruthiebear: I would assume they are accredited students at art school

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful capture .

4 Jan 2019 1:01pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

This is how you learn without a doubt...

4 Jan 2019 5:27pm

@Adela Fonts: It is certainly a way of gaining insight into a particular artist's technique, particularly if you try to emulate their painting style

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle exposition

4 Jan 2019 7:24pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

So you can make a copy if you are artistic in that way, but not a photo?! But the camera is so much faster!

4 Jan 2019 9:58pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Wonderful point of view and beautiful light! It looks like he is doing a fabulous job! I don't understand why at some museums you can take photographs and at other you are not allowed.

5 Jan 2019 1:36am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

one could view this experience as an existential comment on art itself, with the guard's admonition an important element

5 Jan 2019 1:59am

Susy from Allentown, PA, United States

Fantastic expression!!!!!

5 Jan 2019 2:35am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It was well worth you circumventing the house rules to get this great doc shot. I once entered Toronto's older city hall, now a court house, and took a photo of the ornate lobby. A massive security guard rapidly approached and barked "NO photos allowed in here!", to which I apologized and pretended to delete the frame.

5 Jan 2019 4:15pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

wow, i'm surprised they didn't flog you

7 Jan 2019 8:10pm

Canon EOS 1000D
1/25 second
ISO 400
18 mm