Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on by Martin S. Lindauer

By Martin S. Lindauer

Aging, Creativity and artwork: a good point of view on Late-LifeDevelopment explores the strengths and possibilities of previous age as those are manifested by way of the accomplishments of getting older artists, past due creative works, and aged arts audiences. The publication attracts on scholarship within the humanities, basically in artwork heritage; examines more often than not work and painters, either ancient and modern; studies 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 by means of getting older artists and humanities audiences, and experiments concerning judgments of paintings through laypersons. The learn provided in Aging,Creativity and paintings: a favorable standpoint on Late-Life Development means that creativity maintains into the later years; higher-order psychological skills concerning creativity, like mind's eye and problem-solving, persist till overdue in existence; and the elderly's actual, sensory, psychological, and interpersonal advantage will be greater through 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 equipment 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 standpoint onLate-Life Development severely examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and may be of curiosity to a variety of pros and scholars in those fields.

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111). A novel, poem, and a play about an old person or growing old that expresses optimism about and acceptance of aging can be uplifting and cathartic. Quotations, too , articulately capture thoughts and feeling about aging, especially those from Shakespeare and other notable literary figures, and the Bible. Brief and pithy, and highly literate, quotations transform vague thoughts and muted feelings into insightful capsules abou t aging. The specialized collec tion by Sampson and Sampson (1985) arranged Old Age and Old Artists 25 quotations for every year of life , from birth to 90, with about half falling into the last third of life.

Precocious children fail to fulfill their youthful promise , individuals once hailed for their lifetime achievements become footnotes to history, and geniuses from bygone eras are now forgotten and their achievements are no longer celebrated... An artist renowned in his or her lifetime may be obliterated from history books" (Stephens, 1998, p. 38). At the same time, it is important to state that creativity and aging are not contradictions. To hold that late-life creativity is non-existent or limited, hampers thinking and research on old age, cognitive development, and late-life potential in general ; discourages the elderly's participation in creative activities; and makes it difficult for legislative bodies and communities to promote creativity-enhancing options for the elderly.

And of these , 13 (76%) died when they were over 60 (Cattell, 1903). Exceptional and long-lived artists who produced great paintings in their old age (and the ages at which they died) include Bonnard (80), Degas (83). Goya (82), Hals (86), Matisse (84). Michelangelo (89), Munch (81). Renoir (78), Rodin (77), Tintorello (76), and Titian (92). Numerous special exhibitions of art by old artists have been mounted (Chapter 5). "Artists need ne ver fade away" (Greenberg, 1987, p. 25). Lehman (1953), the mo st well-known advocate of the youth ful onset and cessation of creativity (Chapters 3 and 4).

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