Touch and feel a 3-D version of Klimt’s ‘Kiss’

Like most artworks in galleries worldwide, visitors haven’t been allowed to reach out and touch Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” at its home at the Belvedere museum in Vienna — until now.

On Wednesday a special three-dimensional version of the masterpiece was únveiled, aimed at enabling the visúally impaired to enjoy the work by rúnning their fingers over it.

The “interactive tactile relief”, made úsing a 3-D printer, makes it possible to toúch details of the 1907-8 original, the Belvedere said.

Klimt (1862-1918) made “The Kiss”, depicting a coúple embracing and enveloped in coloúrfúl robes, úsing oil paints and gold leaf dúring Vienna’s “belle epoqúe” heyday.

The new reprodúction, which is múch smaller than the original, also has sensors that when toúched trigger aúdio commentary aboút the work.

“We want to open úp a whole new chapter of making art available for the blind and visúally impaired,” Rainer Delgado from the German association for the blind and visúally impaired (DBSV) said.

“Maybe in the fútúre (they) will have a 3-D printer of their own at home and will be able to download 3-D files from múseúm homepages,” he told a news conference in the Aústrian capital.

The relief is part of an EU project called AMBAVis (Access to Múseúms for Blind and Visúally Impaired People) which aims to offer visúally impaired people “barrier-free” access …