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3D Printing Technology Enables the Blind to “See” Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece The Kiss

“The Kiss” by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, considered to be his most popular work, was created during his golden period and is a symbol of Viennese Art Nouveau. Now, a 3D printed version of the masterpiece is on display at the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, that also hosts the original painting.

Part of the European project AMBAVis (Access to Museums for Blind and Visually Impaired People), the interactive tactile relief of 42 x 42 cm allows for visually impaired people to touch and feel the details by running their fingers over it. Additionally, through sensors inside the relief, they will get information via an audio guide when certain areas are touched.

“We want to open up a whole new chapter of making art available for the blind and visually impaired,” said Rainer Delgado from the German association for the blind and visually impaired (DBSV). “Maybe in the future they will have a 3D printer of their own at home and will be able to download 3D files from museum homepages.”