People with poor vision or blindness now have the chance to enjoy masterpieces, such as the Prado’s version of the Mona Lisa. Madrid’s Prado Museum recently opened ‘Hoy toca el Prado’ (Touch The Prado), an exhibit that allows blind or vision-impaired visitors to explore with their hands the copies of six masterworks.
A statement from the museum:
"This project allows for the reality of the painting to be perceived in order to mentally recreate it as a whole and thus provide an emotional perception of the work."
Museo del Prado quick facts:
The Museo del Prado is located in Madrid, the capital city of Spain.
The Museo Nacional del Prado opened to the public for the first time in November 1819.
The museums collection includes 1,300 famous paintings which are also considered as the best in Spanish culture.
By the numbers: 6
There are six copies of works representative of different pictorial genres can now be touched. The masterpieces displayed are:
“Noli me tangere”, by Correggio; “Vulcan’s Forge”, by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez; “The Parasol”, by Francisco de Goya; “La Gioconda”, by Leonardo da Vinci; “The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest”, by El Greco, and “Still life with Artichokes, Flowers and Glass Vessels”, by Juan an der Hamen y León.
The 3D works were created using a method called “Didu” that adds volume and texture.