Friendship - Books - Living Paintings

Living Paintings


Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Beecroft Trust

Available braille grades:

This collection is a celebration of friendship – the foundation of Living Paintings’ work. In what is our most international collection, with works from major cities across Europe, you will find a collection of paintings on the importance of friendship. Each has been chosen for the story it tells and we hope you will enjoy learning of these entertaining, loving and sometimes turbulent relationships. Two couples feature as readers, including Prunella Scales and Timothy West, and Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter.

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The figures face each other in an embrace. The female figure is on the left of the thermoform and the man is on the right. Start at the top, in the middle (Short Pause) there is a dip where their lover's heads meet. Trace left and right to feel their hair, simply carved as channels cut into the stone. Return to the top middle and trace down. First you will come to their eyes, again the figures are in profile and we can feel the eyes as half circles on the thermoform. The figure of the man, on the right, appears to have a bigger eye than his lover. Further below, their lips meet in the kiss, which again is carved very simply as half circles.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca
The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger
Las Meninas by Diego Silva y Velazquez
Captain Thomas Coram by William Hogarth
Marat Assassine by Jacques-Louis David
Monet working on his boat by Edouard Manet
The Card Players by Paul Cezanne
Self Portrait by Paul Gauguin
Self Portrait with bandaged ear by Vincent Van Gogh
Henri Matisse by Andre Derain
Andre Derain by Henry Matisse
The Kiss by Constantin Brancusi
A Conversation by Vanessa Bell
The Meeting or Bonjour Monsieur Courbet by Gustave Courbet
The Meeting or Have a Nice Day Mr Hockney by Peter Blake
Thumbing by Gilbert and George

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