Museums My friend Chris once visited the Louvre. He sort of like art, but I asked him what it was like. 'Very busy.' He said. I could imagine, having been to exhibitions at the London galleries. 'Very big.' he added. I could imagine that as well, and wondered how a collection that large could be catalogued. Simple. It isn't: "Those security staff that are on duty are more of a liability than an asset, the report says: a security guard was sacked when a Corot painting was stolen in 1998, but it took him more than two years to return his keys and move out of the rent-free flat the museum had given him. Nor, if a work does get stolen, is the Louvre necessarily likely to know about it. It has still not got around to making a complete inventory of them." Scary.

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