Bridging two worlds that care about art: psychological and historical approaches to art appreciation

William Forde Thompson*, Mark Antliff

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    Abstract

    Art appreciation often involves contemplation beyond immediate perceptual experience. However, there are challenges to incorporating such processes into a comprehensive theory of art appreciation. Can appreciation be captured in the responses to individual artworks? Can all forms of contemplation be defined? What properties of artworks trigger contemplation? We argue that such questions are fundamental to a psycho-historical framework for the science of art appreciation, and we suggest research that may assist in refining this framework.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-160
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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