Art, the visual imagination and neuroscience: The Chauvet Cave, Mona Lisa's smile and Michelangelo's terribilitá

Onians, John (2018) Art, the visual imagination and neuroscience: The Chauvet Cave, Mona Lisa's smile and Michelangelo's terribilitá. Cortex, 105. pp. 182-188. ISSN 0010-9452

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Abstract

This paper considers several types of imagination relevant to art historical enquiry. These are exemplified in artistic expressions ranging from palaeolithic paintings in the Chauvet Cave, to drawings, sculptures and buildings designed by Michelangelo and drawings and paintings by Leonardo, and are related to recent neuroscientific discoveries. From this it emerges that important types of imagination cannot be understood without an appreciation of the neural processes that underlie them and especially without an acknowledgement of the importance of neurochemistry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: imagination,art,memory,admiration,fear,amygdala,neural plasticity,neurochemistry
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 23:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65291
DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.10.009

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