What Makes a Masterpiece?

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Is the power of great art  in its mysterious ability to move us? Science now claims to have discovered why we like the art we like with neuro-aesthetics, which examines how the brain processes art.

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Is the power of great art in its mysterious ability to move us? Science now claims to have discovered why we like the art we like with neuro-aesthetics, which examines how the brain processes art.

  • What Makes a Masterpiece?

    Art

    Matthew Cain explores the relationship between 'neuro-aesthetics' and visual art. Can science change the way we create and view art, or is human creativity science's last frontier?

  • What Makes a Masterpiece?

    Music

    Matthew Cain explores music's extraordinary effect on the human brain, and learns how many composers are now exploiting the science of music in their work.

  • What Makes a Masterpiece?

    Stories and Film

    With science now claiming to have discovered why we like the art we like, this series explores how the human brain processes art. The first episode looks at stories and film.

What Makes a Masterpiece? synopsis

Is the power of great art in its mysterious ability to move us? Science now claims to have discovered why we like the art we like with neuro-aesthetics, which examines how the brain processes art.

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