John Onians on neuroarthistory

Nice and brief intro­duc­tion to the work of John Oni­ans, who fam­ously and notori­ously coined the term ‘neuroarthis­tory’, as an approach that ‘con­cerns the neur­o­lo­gic­al study of artists, both liv­ing and dead.’ His work pro­voked quite some cri­ti­cism about the rel­ev­ance of sci­ence to art his­tory; it is often seen as an attempt to reduce aes­thet­ics to neur­os­cience and evol­u­tion­ary sci­ence.