Science is with us – us who love art, seek art and bring art into our homes.

Not that we need this confirmation, we will admire art anyway, no matter what the scientists say. Yet, it is good to know that there is a rational back up to our passion.

The scientific research shows that art can heal us, inspire us, and alter our brain chemistry in a very positive way.

The complex brain scans show us just how art changes the physiology of our brains. Contemplation, observing, and taking in beauty all stimulate pleasure centres within the brain while increasing blood flow by up to 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This can lead to an elevated state of consciousness, well-being, and better emotional health.

In other words: “The research shows that the blood flow increases when we look at a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love”.

– Professor Semir Zeki, chair of neuroaesthetics at University College London

Observing Art

Another interesting fact we have been taught by science: when we observe a profound piece of art we are potentially firing the same neurons as the artist did when they created it. Which means that our inspiration centres are being stimulated as much as the artists.

Art, combined with our own imagination can transport us to other realms. Artists have the ability to show us new worlds. By observing art, we become artists ourselves.

No need for space travel then, just let’s get carried away by merging with artworks that catch our eyes!


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