Prado Gallery allows the blind to touch precious art classics

By Maria Kyriacou

Prado Gallery allows the blind to touch precious art classics
Madrid Museum harnesses new technology for exhibition bringing masterpieces like the Mona Lisa to the sight-impaired

The Prado Museum’s exhibit “Touch The Prado” offers unheard of accessibility to art for the blind and partially-sighted.

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Six masterpieces were curated for the exhibit including Goya’s “The Parasol”; a still life by van der Hamen; “Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan” by Velázquez; and “Noli Me Tangere,” Correggio’s painting of Christ meeting Mary Magdalene.

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Visitors can engage with the works by feeling super high-resolution 3-dimensional replicas of each painting, printed via a state-of-the-art process called Didu.

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The exhibit is open to everyone, allowing even the sighted to get up close to the enigmatic Mona Lisa’s smile, by touching a version of the famous artwork, by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Some have asked what about the colours? The technology for ‘seeing colours’ is not quite there yet, but the infamous ‘what colour is this dress ’ saga recently proved  we all bring our imaginations to ‘see’ colours differently anyway.

Would you like to experience the classics through touch?

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