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Tactile Artwork For the Visually Impaired

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Museum in Spain Makes Paintings Accessible for the Visually Impaired.

Paintings for the visually impaired

Imagine a museum where staff immediately invited you to put your hands all over the artwork…

In a total reversal of standard art appreciation etiquette, that is what Spain’s National Prado Museum in central Madrid is inviting patrons to do, in an effort to make priceless artworks more accessible to people with visual impairments.

Paintings for the visually impairedThose with good sight have perhaps never considered this particular problem, how does one experience and appreciate traditional visual artwork when you cannot see it?

Most would assume that this challenge is pretty much a lost cause, but in the spirit of modern affirmative action, Prado museum has found a way to make the strictly visual, into something decidedly tactile.

Using techniques of relief painting which adds significant texture to copies of the paintings the museum have created unique versions of well-known paintings including the Mona Lisa.

Paintings for the visually impairedThrough these paintings, those with visual impairments are given the opportunity to experience artworks in a way that they perhaps never have before.

Art, innovation and the removal of barriers. Outstanding.

Check out some of these others posts about using artwork in a new way.

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Paintings for the visually impaired

Paintings for the visually impaired


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Published on: 6th January 2016

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