By Martin S. Lindauer

Aging, Creativity and artwork: a favorable point of view on Late-LifeDevelopment explores the strengths and possibilities of outdated age as those are manifested by way of the accomplishments of getting older artists, overdue creative works, and aged arts audiences. The publication attracts on scholarship within the humanities, essentially in paintings heritage; examines more often than not work and painters, either old and modern; reports empirical learn on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and provides the author's unique reports, together with surveys of artwork historians, questionnaires accomplished through getting older artists and humanities audiences, and experiments concerning judgments of artwork by way of laypersons. The examine offered in Aging,Creativity and artwork: a favorable standpoint on Late-Life Development means that creativity maintains into the later years; higher-order psychological skills 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 could 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 tools of quantification of technological know-how; the emphasis at the person within the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of communique within the arts. Aging, Creativity and paintings: a good standpoint onLate-Life Development significantly examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and may be of curiosity to quite a lot of execs and scholars in those fields.

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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). forcefully insisted that "The vast majority of our great creative th inkers have not died young .. "ยท It is just the opposite. " Lehman hoped these figures would be "an en couragement to older individuals" (quotes are from pp.

And when th e number was expanded to 225 by additions from a panel of art experts. nearly a third (70. or 31 %) lived to 79 or older (Lindauer, 1992. 1993 ; see also Chapter 13). Declines in abilities were not detected in a sample of 344 older Chinese painters (Silbergeld, 1987). Of 233 recognized masterpieces of art , about two third (76%) were by artists who lived to 60 or more (Chapter 7). A list of th e 1,000 most eminen t men who ever lived. compiled at the beginning of the 20th cen tury, included 17 artists.

There is considerable evidence for artists ' longevity. A popular text of world art (Amason, 1986) devoted at lea st one paragraph of text to 200 artists who lived to at least 60 . accounting for 68 % of those discussed . A survey of 250 major Western art ists included 65 % wh o were 60 and older when they died (Held. 1987) . Another list of 150 major historical artists of renown lived to at least 60. and when th e number was expanded to 225 by additions from a panel of art experts. nearly a third (70.

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