Study Shows Art Can Reveal Early Signs of Brain Disorder

artnet News | Alyssa Buffenstein:

Researchers at the University of Liverpool claim to have broken some ground with a study about art and cognitive diseases, but is their research, which has been hyped and spun this week by the likes of the BBC, the Telegraph, and the Guardian, little more than quackery?

Psychologist Dr Alex Forsythe studied more than 2,000 paintings by seven artists: Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Norval Morrisseau, Willem de Kooning, and James Brooks. She used a method called fractal analysis, which is hotly contested in the physics world… Read more

Image: Salvador Dalí at the age of 68. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons