The pedagogue and massage therapist Maria da Conceição Pires, who is also part of Home for the Blind and has low vision, was happy with the possibility of using what she considers her most accute sense in order to get to know the paintings. "It's a very good opportunity to be able to touch all three woks, it was a soft touch. And I also liked the colors expressed with textures, because they offered a good understanding of everything", she says, referring to the tactile color system being tested by the Accessibility Center of Casa Fiat de Cultura's Educational Program. This methodology allows for the recognition of colors through geometric shapes. For example: if a blue surface is filled with embossed circles and red one with triangles, then a purple surface is the junction of these two. "Knowing that there are people who think about this type of public, with other needs, is very pleasing", says Conceição about the initiative.
Someone who also had a chance to touch the art was the journalist Renato Lara Júnior, who chose his favorite one: Saint Francis of Assisi and four flagellants (1499), by Pietro Perugino and Giovan Francesco Ciambella. "That's the one I understood best. I was able to perceive his head, his tunic, the shape of the cross, it's all easy to distinguish", recounts Júnior, who says that he also got the triangular composition of the painting, with a central figure that goes to the top and the smaller ones lower, characteristic of the Gothic period (Middle Ages) that developed in the Pre-Renaissance period and became the canon of the Renaissance. Clarita Gonzaga, coordinator of the Educational Program of Casa Fiat de Cultura, explains that the exhibition resources were developed taking into account the specifics of each artistic movements. "We constructed a series of strategies and tools, mainly thinking about making accessible some basic concepts of Saint Francis' iconography throughout the History of Art", she says, citing as an example the concern to highlight the triangular composition perceived by Junior.
The journalist considers that the 3D works of art were very well executed. "The world is all very visual, so it is so important to have exhibits with a tactile appeal for people with visual impairment" he adds, also praising the real-time audio description in galleries , where everything is narrated, even the arrangement of common objects, such as the benches in the video room of the exhibition.