Titian - we may own it, but we can't photograph it

March 2 2012

Image of Titian - we may own it, but we can't photograph it

Picture: BG

Despite the fact that we have collectively stumped up £45m to buy the Titian (and yes, I did my bit), we still can't take a picture of it. I just tried. Got a very stern no from the room warden.

Surely, the National Gallery's 'no photography' policy needs to change. You can now snap away at anything you like at, say, the Wallace Collection, the Louvre, and even at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace. But not at the National (unless you're from the press, in which case, you can photograph it all you like, even with flash).

I'm reliably informed that Young People take photos of things they like on their mobile phones, and send those images to other Young People. Isn't the National limiting their potential engagement with a younger audience by preventing photography?   

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