The ‘masterpiece’: a social or neural phenomenon?

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The article reconsiders current assumptions about the social framing of the concept of the masterpiece. By showing that one of the earliest masterpieces from the cave of Chauvet is principally the product of non-conscious neural processes, and especially neural plasticity and neural mirroring, and hardly influenced either by social context generally or by verbal exchanges in particular it opens a new approach to an old issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-201
JournalWorld Art
Issue number2
Early online date20 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • masterpiece
  • neuroscience
  • art
  • neural plasticity
  • neural mirroring

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