The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is probably the most famous painting in Vienna, with over a million people viewing the masterpiece at the Belvedere Museum
https://www.belvedere.at/en each year.
The iconic image is now available to blind and visually impaired people thanks to a EU-funded project which has created a 3D relief version.
Dominika Raditsch was one of the first blind people to experience the touchable version of the painting. She lost her vision at age four due to a serious eye infection.
Dominika Raditsch, museum visitor:
“It’s somehow round. It’s entangled. It’s round. You can feel it. You can feel it, it comes with it. And in many places it’s so smooth. And then I think to myself: ‘It probably shines too!’ I can’t see it, but that’s what I think. It pretty much incites the imagination.”
Touching the relief recreates Klimt’s image in Dominika’s mind’s eye. Her fingers operate as a medium between the 3D reproduction and her brain.