The Easel

Gustav Klimt in the Brain Lab

A neuroscience perspective on responding to art. Our biggest response is to faces, “the most important visual image we ever encounter”. We process images, not like a camera but as “an act of assembly with numerous brain areas contributing”. This assemblage is highly individual: “something special in the art [sets] off the physiological triggers of attraction and love. And so we say, ‘What a great painting.””