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Monday 8 March, 5.30pm Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Ancona.
An afternoon dedicated entirely to women.
A multi-sensory pathway to discover the secrets of the feminine perfume par excellence: Lavender is not only an odour – it’s also for tasting, listening to and touching!
Annamaria Pergolesi (B&B Torre del Poggio – Monte Cònero, Portonovo di Ancona) will be our guide in the discovery of this precious ancient plant: its origins, cultivation, uses and why she loves it. With her experienced help, we will make and decorate natural lavender soaps.
The other protagonist this afternoon is the partially-sighted artist Gabriele Bartoletti: using his special technique which renders images comprehensible to the visually handicapped, he will paint a picture dedicated to women and to lavender perfume.
Booking is compulsory. If you are unable to come, please let us know in good time. Cost: 6 Euros. Free for the disabled. Tel. 071 2811935. E-mail email@example.com
Sunday 21 February 5pm. Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Ancona.
An afternoon dedicated to children and families. Celebrating National Braille Day.
To learn about Louis Braille, his history, the special alphabet he created for the non sighted. We will build a Braille board together but … one to eat! With lots of little dots … but these ones are delicious! An alternative way of celebrating Carnival time: the children can come in fancy dress.
Workshop cost: 6 Euros. Free for the disabled and their helpers. Booking is compulsory. Tel. 071 2811935. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
from February 26 to March 13 2011 Napoli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale.
Published on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 18:47 | Updated at Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 19:50 | Source : Reuters
When blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri was forbidden to touch one of Italy’s most famous statues, he decided revenge was best served not just cold but stone cold.
Tagliaferri, 41, spent much of two years creating his marble interpretation of “Cristo Velato”, or “Veiled Christ”, a 1753 masterpiece that he has neither seen nor touched.
Giuseppe Sanmartino’s exquisitely detailed sculpture of the body of Christ lying wrapped in a fine shroud is one of the prime tourist attractions in Naples.
Busloads of blind and disabled people from throughout Italy came to Tagliaferri’s studio near Bologna in northern Italy to take symbolic taps on his chisels. The result is a powerfully rendered life-sized Jesus that Tagliaferri punningly calls “Cristo (ri)Velato,” or “Christ Revealed.”
“There are so many messages. One is that a block of marble isn’t ruined when it is lightly touched by expert hands,” he said.
“Second, the disabled are sick and tired of waiting for others to decide and tell them what they can and cannot do.”
In May 2008, Tagliaferri visited the Sansevero Chapel, eager to experience its famous “Veiled Christ” in the only way a blind person can: by touching it. He was blocked, he said, first by a guard and then by the administration, despite his protests that he was a professional sculptor who would do no damage.
Now, he is savouring a triumphal return to Naples when “Christ Revealed” begins a national tour at the Royal Palace from February 26 to March 13. The pope is expected to see it in Ancona on September 11. The statue will also travel to Messina, Rimini and Siena.
Blind since the age of 14, Tagliaferri was studying furniture restoration and working at a switchboard when he joined an experiment to test whether sight is necessary for sculpturing. The answer changed his life.
Since then, he has worked with master sculptors in Bologna, Carrara, Spain, France and Germany and his works have been shown widely, including in Prague, and appear in collections throughout Italy. The Omero State Tactile Museum in Ancona has a section devoted to his art.
“I see myself as very fortunate.” he said. “I do what I want to do in life, I receive recognition, and I’m able to learn what pleases me.”
“Christ Revealed” started as a small clay model; sighted artists advised Tagliaferri how to position the body. He raised 16,000 euros (USD 21,910) through dinner-in-the-dark events and bought a 4,000-kg. (8,800-pound) block of Carrara marble that measured 1.9 metres long by 50 cm high and 1 metre wide (6.2 feet by 1.7 feet by 3.3 feet). He asked a friend to stretch out on top then measured the body.
“Forty normal sculptors could have tried it and none would have succeeded,” he said. “I was so motivated by the idea of doing this for everyone else.”
The result, like the 258-year-old sculpture that inspired it, is shockingly realistic. He eagerly runs a visitor’s hands over the eerily lifelike marble kneecaps, feet and spiky thorns.
His Christ is more athletic than the original, the veil smooth instead of textured to convey a sense of transparency to the blind.