Art museums across the world 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. It resides next to the painting as a relief sculpture. Someone touching it will be able to feel Venus as well as the west wind, Zephyr, the nymph, Chloris, and Horai holding the flowing dress. This iconic scene is made more beautiful with its inclusivity.
Scroll down to see more examples of tactile artwork intended for the visually impaired. And if you love this idea, be sure to check out miniature sculptures that are in front of monuments; they help visually impaired people explore architecture.