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The Relationship between Knowledge about the Artist’s Mental Illness and Artwork Reception

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Social Science Faculty, Institute of Philosophy, University of Silesia, 40-007 Katowice, Poland
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Substitution Addiction Treatment Association Medically Assisted Recovery, 85-791 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Psych 2019, 1(1), 92-100; https://doi.org/10.3390/psych1010007
Received: 18 March 2019 / Revised: 11 April 2019 / Accepted: 12 April 2019 / Published: 18 April 2019
Art reception is a complex process influenced by many factors, both internal and external. A review of the literature shows that knowledge about the artist, including their mental health, has an impact on the general assessment of their artwork. The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between knowledge about the artist’s mental illness and the perception of the artwork. We focused on the subjective emotional experience and general assessment of ten specific pictures painted by patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. The research followed four cohorts (two groups divided into two subgroups—art experts and laypeople) of students for over a month. The results revealed significant differences between the two general groups as well as between the ‘expert’ and ‘laypeople’ groups. The findings showed that non-aesthetic categories (e.g., knowledge about the mental illness of an artist) were related to artwork perception and support a holistic and dynamic approach to aesthetic emotions. View Full-Text
Keywords: mental disorder; schizophrenia; art therapy; stereotypes; art perception mental disorder; schizophrenia; art therapy; stereotypes; art perception
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Tofilski, M.; Stawski, F. The Relationship between Knowledge about the Artist’s Mental Illness and Artwork Reception. Psych 2019, 1, 92-100.

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