When an artist’s creativity peaks

Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, 1485-90, Galleria dell' Accademia, Venice (image: Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be)In a recent paper published in Creativity Research Journal, economist P. H. Franses (Erasmus School of Economics, The Netherlands) studied “189 highest-priced works by as many modern art painters, comparing the moment of creation with their life span of these artists.” He concluded that this comparison shows each artist’s “optimal point in their lives” is about 2/3 into their life span, an estimated fraction of 0.6198 (and only 0.0018 from divine).

via Salon

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