With the help of innovation and technology the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, one of the world’s leading museums, has unveiled a new art program for the visually impaired experience its visual art. What a wonderful example of how art institutions can bring the healing power of art to more people. Any organization that strives to bring art to the visually impaired gets our vote for making the list of world changers.
Premiering with a new exhibition titled “Touching the Prado,” through June 28, 2015, the museum has announced visually impaired visitors will be able to enjoy “a heightened degree of artistic-aesthetic-creative enjoyment in order to explain, discuss and analyze these works in the Prado.”
Six famous paintings from different genres that are in the Museum’s collections have been reproduced as three-dimensional images, allowing the visitors “to see” these works with their fingers. They include: Correggio’s “Noli me tangere,” Velázquez’s “Vulcan’s Forge,” Goya’s “The Parasol,” El Greco’s “The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest” and “La Gioconda,” believed to be from the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci.
The exhibition will also include educational material such as texts in braille, audioguides and opaque glasses which will offer a unique experience for fully sighted visitors as well.
About the Museo Nacional del Prado
The building that houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was originally constructed to contain the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. Since its inception more than 2,300 paintings, in addition to a large number of sculptures, prints, and drawings, have been incorporated into the Museum.
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