The Effect Great Art Has on Us
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
The Effect Great Art Has on Us

Have you ever stood in front of work of art, heard a song, read a poem, or watched a performance or film that moved you to speechlessness or tears? Why do certain art and artists cause that kind of reaction? What brings a crowd to their feet or causes someone to stop and stare? There are numerous theories, and each person’s reaction to art is unique, but I think in general most human beings are hardwired to respond to greatness. When we witness another person doing what he or she was born to do, in a moment of peak talent or performance, better than almost anyone before or perhaps after him or her, some internal alarm goes off and we are forced to pay attention. Perhaps we realize ...