The Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain is providing the visually impaired with the chance to experience classic artwork like the Mona Lisa for the first time. Viewers touch and feel the raised texture of the works, produced by innovative printing studio Estudios Durero.
The process starts by adding texture and volume to high-res photographs of the original works with an advanced relief printing procedure. For nearly two days, custom inks are layered on top of the flat surfaces and then chemically treated to raise sections of the reprinted paintings. To finish, the colors are layered on the 3D hybrid and appear just as the originals.
Each artwork is different, requiring a precise approach to crafting individually detailed solutions that express the elements of the style and artistic intent of the original work. The unique exhibition displays a collection of six classic paintings on display through June.