New tech that allows blind people to feel some of the world's most famous paintings

If you walked into an art gallery and touched a priceless painting, you'd rightly expect to be manhandled out and bounced off the premises. But in the case of Madrid's Prado Museum, you might just get away with it. It's just launched an unusual exhibition where visitors are encouraged to touch some of the most famous paintings in the world. Something that's especially designed for blind people and the visually impaired to experience and enjoy.

Of course, those who visit the Hoy toca el Prado exhibition โ€“ Touching the Prado โ€“ aren't exactly feeling the real deal. They're in fact touching an extremely high-resolution replica of each painting, created using the latest 3D printing technology. Called Didรบ, the special printing process was invented in Spain by printing studio Estudios Durero using various subtle textures and layers.

The show features six replicas of famous artworks from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Francisco Goya, and each one is designed to be touched and appreciated, particularly by those who are blind or visually impaired, so they're able to connect with the visual art world for what is often the very first time. To find out more, watch the video below or visit www.estudiosdurero.com.

Via My Modern Met & Gizmodo