Campus Events

February 26, 2013

ASTRA Lecture Series

ASTRA and the Art History Speaker Series present a talk by John Onians called "Art and the Brain: How the Neuroscientist Can Help the Art Historian." Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Art historians have been trying for centuries to understand what goes on in the artist's mind. They have also been trying to answer big questions, such as "Why is art a universal activity, yet why is it so different at different times and in different places?"

Now, thanks to the discoveries of neuroscientists in the last 30 years, art historians have a new way to engage with these problems. The conclusions of the new "neuroarthistorians'" are always revealing and sometimes astonishing.

John Onians is professor emeritus in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He was founding editor of the journal Art History, edited the first Atlas of World Art (2004) and has written several books, including Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome (1999) and Neuroarthistory From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki (2007).

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Rozanski Hall, Room 105

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