How our knowledge of artists influences our perception of their works

A new study from Humboldt-Universität approaches the question from a psychological perspective.

Art lies in the knowledge of the beholder. Source: DALL·E 2 von OpenAI.
Art lies in the knowledge of the beholder. Source: DALL·E 2 von OpenAI.
A neurocognitive study by researchers at the Institute of Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) shows that negative knowledge about an artist influences the perception of the artwork, regardless of the artist’s level of fame.

Can we separate art from the artist’ History is littered with examples of famous artists who have fallen into disrepute due to controversial statements, beliefs or actions. How does this biographical knowledge affect the perception and reception of their art’ Against the backdrop of recent revelations and allegations of abuse in the MeToo debate, this question has taken on a new public dimension. ...
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