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Since 1946, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais photo agency (a public industrial and commercial institution under the authority of the French Ministry of Culture) has been officially responsible for promoting collections of France’s national museums.

For more than 60 years, the agency has carried out photography campaigns inside national museums. Each year, they capture more than 20,000 new on-site shots to further expand the agency’s collection, which is universally available at www.photo.rmn.fr.


To preserve images of artwork for future generations, to provide the photographic equipment needed to achieve iconographic conservation purposes and to make the images available to all audiences, including individuals, scientists, and other professionals.


Uncompromised service quality is central to the Agency’s activities.

Technical Quality of the Images

Each and every shot is carried out under the control of the curators. All photographs therefore are as true to the real works as possible and reflect the works exactly, most specifically in terms of colorimetry.

Scientific Quality of the Notes

The notes are prepared in close cooperation with the curators, and the descriptive elements of all the works are meticulously verified.

Functional Quality of the Indexing

The images are painstakingly indexed to guarantee the greatest relevance in searches and the greatest accuracy in search results.

Quality of the Service Delivered to Every Type of Audience

Our team of researchers, specialized in all areas of art history, can provide research support to all types of audiences, including individuals, scientists and professionals.

Our photo.rmn.fr website, available in both French and English, provides comprehensive access (images and notes) to entire collections, free of charge.

Nearly 800,000 photographs of artwork housed in France’s national and regional museums, including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, Chantilly’s Condé Museum and Palais de Beaux Arts of Lille, are all accessible online.

The agency also has an international distribution network of exclusive agents in many foreign countries.

Prestigious foreign collections, including London’s National Gallery, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dresden’s Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, are also available. From Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Monet’s Water Lilies, from Titian to Fernand Léger, from Oceania’s masks to Asian art, and including paintings, sculptures and drawings, the www.photo.rmn.fr website allows visitors to tour the greatest collection of images of art.