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Art and Science: an experiment

An experiment on the brain's perception of some of the paintings of Luisa del Campana by electroencephalography at high spatial resolution.

It is well know that the observation of paintings involves several cerebral areas, from those devoted to the primary sensory analysis of the image (located on the parieto-occipital zones) up to the more frontal areas, involved in the generation of the final aesthetic judgment of the image itself. Thus, appear of interest to understand if the aesthetic judgment on the painting could be mainly triggered by just of the shape of the painting, or through the colors employed or in the mixture of both. The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroelectrical correlates of brain activity during the observation of a series of images of the paintings of the Italian painter Luisa Del Campana in which the original images of the painting as well as their modified versions. Modifications of the images was made by using a software able to return from the images of the paintings only he shape or only the colors employed in the paintings without any apparent shapes involved.

Experiment conducted by: Fabio Babiloni ,Patrizia Cherubino, Ilenia Graziani, Anton Giulio Maglione, Arianna Trettel, Giovanni Vecchiato,
With support of: Dipartimento di Fisiologia e Farmacologia, Università La Sapienza di Roma, Italy   -   I.R.C.C.S.  Fondazione Santa Lucia, BrainSigns srl, Rome, Italy.