Art Museums Are Creating 3D Versions of Paintings for Visually Impaired People To Touch

January 22nd, 2021


A recent article on My Modern Met highlights art museums across the world that are making it possible for people with visual impairments to enjoy the collections they house. Through innovative, tactile versions of well-known paintings, those who are blind or have low vision can experience the work with touch. This allows them to “see” how the figures of a piece are composed and the artistic style, and, in a larger sense, it's an opportunity for them to participate in an activity that was previously reserved only for sighted people.

Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is one of the world’s most famous paintings and is a sight to behold as the heavenly figure of Venus radiates from the center of the artwork. Housed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, this is one example of work that has been translated into a three-dimensional version. 

Read the full article on My Modern Met

We would be delighted to see how community arts educators might employ this idea, or ideas inspired by it!

Published: January 22, 2021