One of my favorite things about galleries and museums in Europe is the fact that most of them allow photography. Flashes are not permitted of course (the bright light can damage the pigments in paintings-hence the dim indirect lighting in these spaces), but there are few rules beyond that. Whether you are at the British Museum, The Louvre or The Vatican you will not be reprimanded for taking out your camera and snapping a shot of your favorite work of art.
Of course, with the less than ideal lighting and crowds of people josteling each other to get the perfect shot, you will never get a ‘coffee table book’ quality photo (those can be found in the gift shop). But there is something pretty cool about taking a piece of art history home with you in your very own camera.
These are a few of my favorite photos from the Impressionist Art Museum in Paris, The Musee d’Orsay. Enjoy!