It turns out that the processes of both creating art and experiencing beauty net neural benefits.
Abri Blanchard and its sister site, Abri Castanet, previously excavated by White's team, have long been recognized as being among the oldest sites in Eurasia bearing artifacts of human symbolism. Over time, hundreds of personal ornaments have been discovered, including pierced animal teeth, pierced shells, ivory and soapstone beads, engravings, and paintings on limestone slabs.
More emotional, more profound, and more thought-provoking, we've delved deep into the minds of the great composers to find even more of their most inspirational quotes about music, art, and life itself.
Molecular melodies can reveal information about proteins in technique developed by composer and chemical biologist.
The experience of fleeing communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s has informed a fascinating survival horror driving game.
Musical ability in birds may have been a precursor to the evolution of the many dimensions of musical ability in humans. Science and music may have different criteria for truth, but sometimes their insights need to be put together to make sense of the beautiful performances we find in nature.
Under beams of X-rays, the colors of art become the colors of chemistry. The mysterious blacks, reds and whites of ancient Greek pottery can be read in elements — iron, potassium, calcium and zinc — and art history may be rewritten. By looking across disciplines, researchers are enabling unconventional friendships and discoveries.
Giving Nazi salutes and pointing pistols at commuters, Rainer Opolka’s wolf statues offer divided Germany a timely reminder of nationalism’s dangers.
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries artists were fascinated by how the animal kingdom was classified. They were in some instances ahead of natural historians.
Hollywood-style filmmakers have developed stimuli -- such as shorter shot length, more motion in the frame and higher contrast -- that is amazing at directing the viewers' attention from moment to moment in exactly the way that the filmmaker wants.
A new study finds narcissism is positively associated with market performance of artworks, and contradicts previous research that concludes narcissism is short term and transient.
Prolonged hammering and chiselling accelerated degenerative arthritis in the hands of Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter and one of the greatest artists of all time. But the intense work probably helped him keep the use of his hands right up until he died.
What is the potential of machine art, and can it truly be described as creative or imaginative?
Research involving 78,000 people found that it was not wealth or social status that were strongly linked to people taking part in arts activities as amateurs or professionals. Instead, it was the level of education that lay behind arts participation
Researchers have shown how plant cellulose can self-assemble into wrinkled surfaces that give rise to effects like iridescence and color change. Their findings provide a foundation to understand structural color in nature
Cultures create color names, but individuals from vastly different societies share the same perceptions of colors in their mind. Across cultures, people tend to classify hundreds of different chromatic colors into only eight distinct categories: red, green, yellow-or-orange, blue, purple, brown, pink and grue (green or blue).
Jean-Marie Donat’s TeddyBär collection of surreal photographs from the mid-20th century proves it is still possible to discover genuine unearthliness in a vintage find.
Joe Gibbons, an acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker and former lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is scheduled to be sentenced next month for robbing a New York City bank — a crime he captured on video.
Of all the properties that objects appear to have, color hovers uneasily between the subjective world of sensation and the objective world of fact.
Kimonos, parasols, baby’s toys, basket sellers, courtesans at rest and a samurai gang ready for action ... Felice Beato was one of the first people to photograph the far east – and he made life bloom with colour. Here are his rare hand-coloured shots of Edo-era Japan.