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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
Mental Illness Portrayed in Art

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Neuroscience is represented in popular culture in a multitude of ways. Through movies, music, television, art, and books we can obtain a deeper understanding of how society believes the human brain works. Though these representations might not be accurate to true neuroscience, we can decipher what aspects of it are true and what are not. These discrepancies in the portrayals are also good clues as to what life was like and what science was at the time of their creation. Here we explore how depression is portrayed in art through different artists’ interpretations. By comparing the different ways depression is depicted by various artists’ artwork we hope to get a better understanding of how the time period and experiences of the artist shaped their understanding of mental health. We’ll be comparing two paintings that were made by artists who had depression. The first painting is by Edvard Munch titled The Scream and the second painting is by Vincent Van Gogh, a portrait he painted of himself with a bandage over his ear. These two paintings show how painters can express the same emotions, but very differently. We will be looking into how their depression was exhibited in their paintings and how true of a depiction it is of neuroscience. We will also explore the circumstance of their experience with depression and compare them to determine if the manifestation of the illness is different based on what caused it.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Wilma Sherrill Center - Concourse

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