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Spain’s Prado Museum opens doors to blind visitors with special “touch” exhibit

LatinaLista — Museums have always been a refuge from the hustle of everyday life where visitors, at their own pace, contemplate the masterpieces that surround them. It’s a privilege that, unfortunately, excludes those who can’t see. Aside from the peace and quiet, museums offer little else to the blind — until now.

One of the most famous museums in the world, the Prado Museum in Spain, opened a very special exhibit in January that caters specifically to the sightless.

Christened “Touching the Prado,” the exhibit features six 3-D replicas of some of the most famous paintings by such artists as Francisco de Goya, Leonardo da Vinci and El Greco.

However, unlike the other masterpieces hanging within the famed walls of the Prado, visitors are encouraged to run their fingers over the paintings in this exhibit. Each replica is printed with special technology developed by the Spanish printing studio Estudios Durero that after a 40-hour process creates paintings with such texture that the paintings’ details guide the blind visitors’ hands helping them understand the composition.

The exhibit runs through June 28.

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