At the current “Touching the Prado” exhibition in Madrid’s Museo del Prado, people are encouraged to tough paintings from masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, El Greco and Francisco Goya.
The 3D printed replicas of the paintings have been created for visually impaired visitors of the museum, who can now touch and feel the renowned works of art for the first time. The exhibition running until June 2015 features six 3D works created by using a technique called Didú, which adds texture and volume to the painting. Blind or visually impaired people can experience the exhibition by listening to an audio guide and reading braille texts next to the works.
The 3D printing process took 40 hours per painting, while each required an extra 12 hours for post-processing applying chemicals.