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Spanish museums invite blind to touch works

Feeling copies of masterpieces gives visually challenged a chance to create a mental image

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ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Mr Gonzalez touching a copy of Diego de Velazquez's famous painting Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan, as part of the exhibition "Touching the Prado", at the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Madrid

STAFF at the Prado, Spain's top art museum, usually prevent visitors from touching its priceless treasures.

But on a recent morning, with their blessing, Jose Pedro Gonzalez, 56, slowly ran his fingers over a copy of one of 15th century master Diego de Velazquez's most

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