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In touch with the past

Reflection on the sense of touch

James M. Bradburne


The book was designed to accompany the “Springtime of the Renaissance” exhibition. Sculpture and the arts in Florence between 1400 and 1460 lead the way for a new way of learning about images through the sense of touch. This complex and sophisticated experience is articulated in an array of dimensions: not just space, but also the thickness, temperature and texture of the material. The numerous elements collected here lead to highly imaginative exploration. Andrea Bocelli introduces the short testimonies – and different experiences – of numerous personalities, such as Sergio Staino, Paolo Staccioli and Fabio Picchi. This creative game makes it possible to form a personal tactile book, using the Braille system to learn writing in relief