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Aging, Creativity and paintings: a good standpoint on Late-LifeDevelopment explores the strengths and possibilities of outdated age as those are manifested by way of the accomplishments of getting older artists, overdue inventive works, and aged arts audiences. The ebook attracts on scholarship within the humanities, basically in artwork historical past; examines regularly work and painters, either old and modern; stories empirical learn on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and provides the author's unique experiences, together with surveys of artwork historians, questionnaires accomplished through getting older artists and humanities audiences, and experiments related to judgments of artwork via laypersons. The learn provided in Aging,Creativity and artwork: a favorable standpoint on Late-Life Development means that creativity maintains into the later years; higher-order psychological talents relating to creativity, like mind's eye and problem-solving, persist until eventually past due in existence; and the elderly's actual, sensory, psychological, and interpersonal expertise can be more advantageous via engagement with the humanities. This paintings interrelates the disciplines of technology, the arts, and the humanities to shape a synthesis that builds at the strengths of the tools of quantification of technology; the emphasis at the person within the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of conversation within the arts. Aging, Creativity and artwork: a good viewpoint onLate-Life Development significantly examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and should be of curiosity to quite a lot of execs and scholars in those fields.

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Jacques (1980) examined depictions of old people in the art of different cultures, a subject that has "an ancient and honorable tradition" (quotes here and elsewhere are from pp. xviii, 117, and 119). Chinese scroll paintings , for example, depicted the aged as both respected and feared because of their authority. Similarly, in early Western art , there was a mixture of respect and fear in portrayals of God and the Fathers of the Church, who were invariably shown as old. " In the Renaissance, though, artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo, Titian, and Tintorello treated age as honorable.

What other trends in creativity over time are there besides loss, stability, and growth (Parts II and III)? Do patterns of creativity vary for artists who work in different mediums? These questions assume that th e creative profiles of long-lived writers, composers, and other artists, including painters, can be compared at different ages, especially old age. The inclusion of long-lived old artists and the work of their old age extends the scientific study of aging to art history, musicology, literary criticism, scholarship on the arts in the humanities, reports from aging artists, and late-life art.

1959; Cornelius. 1964). The study of late-life creativity therefore connects a remarkable range of disciplines. Unfortunately, the promise of a vigorous interdisciplinary exchange has not been fulfilled. Tellingly, a multivolume and continuing series of handbooks on aging (Binstock & George, 1985. 1990. 1996) omits the arts (one chapter on leisure and aging comes closest). There are. though. miscellaneous age-related topics on demographics. social strata. health. income. economics. work. retirement, housing.

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