Yes, I am the person they put up those giant velvet ropes for in art museums. I admit I like to get up close and personal with artwork. I want to get right up in the artists business and see every brushstroke and detail. I am an artist, and my natural instinct is to examine for techniques and learn from these masterpieces. I figure if the artist painted it, they wanted people to see it. So I say, if there is no rope, I'm getting all up in that!
Well, this viewing technique varies from museum to museum. I have been berated for being too close to the artwork (even though was no rope, tape, or anything in sight letting me know my limits). I have also been told I was not allowed to point at a painting because it looked like I was touching it. I would never touch a painting, but I guess this lady ruined it for everyone.
The whole reason I go to art museums is because no publication can get every detail, color, depth, and scale of an original painting. Seeing works in real life is the best way to view art, but if I can no longer get close to a tiny 5x6in painting so I can see what was painted, then what is the point?
Well, fear not my art loving friends! You will no longer have to be yelled at in a classy museum. The Rijks Museum lets you view paintings at very high resolutions. The detail is so great that you can see brushstrokes! While it may not be as good as viewing in real life, it is definitely second best! I think all art museums should have a website like this!!