Visitors at the Louvre: some engage directly with the art while others take pictures of pictures.
By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
Published: August 2, 2009
PARIS — Spending an idle morning watching people look at art is hardly a scientific experiment, but it rekindles a perennial question: What exactly are we looking for when we roam as tourists around museums? As with so many things right in front of us, the answer may be no less useful for being familiar.