Second sight of the Parthenon frieze

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Second sight of the Parthenon frieze

The author describes the criteria that lay behind the production of an illustrated book on the Parthenon friezes published by the British Museum. The images are perceptible not only by the eyes but by touch, too: for they are printed in relief, using a silk-screen process specially designed to satisfy the needs of the blind. In the same way the structure of the book and of each individual page is so contrived as to meet the specific perceptual and cognitive requirements of unsighted readers, applying the latest results of research into relief drawing. So the British Museum volume is a useful tool which makes the friezes accessible to an audience which has hitherto been almost totally excluded from the world of images. It also represents an important step forward in research into graphics and psychology of perception.

Nota di Fabio Levi, Second sight of the Parthenon frieze