In Pain? Take One Masterpiece, Three Times a Day

THE power of art to heal emotional wounds is well known, but could contemplating a beautiful painting have the same effect on physical pain? To investigate, Marina de Tommaso and a team from the University of Bari in Italy asked 12 men and women to pick the 20 paintings they considered most ugly and most beautiful from a selection of 300 works by artists such as da Vinci and Botticelli. They were then asked to contemplate either the beautiful paintings, or the ugly painting, or a blank panel...Full Story
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