Art for the Blind

Madrid’s Prado Museum isn’t the first to confront the issue of delivering works of art to the blind community, but they are the first to do this: While most museums offer audio or braille guides to blind guests, the Prado museum took it a step further. They decided that, for the blind to be able to truly experience the art, they should be able to feel it.

Pairing with Estudios Durero, they developed a technique called “Didú.”

Didú starts with a high res photo of a famous painting. Then, working with the partially blind, a team determines which details of the paintings need to be emphasized. The works are not only reproduced in rich texture, but in full colour as well since many who are considered legally blind, still have limited vision.

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Each painting is recreated in intricate detail. Blind patrons are able to feel the detail of a work from the texture of hair, contours of skin and facial expressions, all the way down to an individual fingernail. The museum provides a tactile experience that is unheard of at the average museum, and still supplies the usual audio guide to direct their interpretation.

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Not to be one-sided, the museum also provides masks to full-sighted people so that they can also have the opportunity to experience art in this innovative new way.

What do you think of this new style of art?

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