18th C. people looking at art in Giovanni Paolo Pannini’s “Galerie de vues de la Rome antique Gallery with views of ancient Rome)” (1758).

I admit to being a voyeur when I travel to museums. I love to watch people looking at art, trying to figure out what they are seeing, responding to or connecting with when confronted with the objects and ideas in art museums.

It’s a cliche to say that looking at art is a very individual experience but it’s also a social one for most people. We cluster around famous works, or often those we are told are famous, and sometimes linger longer in front of a work that we feel like we have all to ourselves, even if only for a few moments. Museums are quiet places, though some people enjoy to wear headphones and be guided through the rooms using audioguides or to listen to their own music on portable devices.

On Monday, I captured these images of people communing with art in the Louvre.

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.