Admiring great art ‘is good for your health’, Italian experiment finds
azing at great art is not just uplifting for the soul but beneficial to our physical health, according to the findings of an experiment conducted in Italy.
A group of 100 volunteers were led up to the cupola of a vast basilica in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, where they spent two hours admiring the cherubs, winged angels and bearded prophets on an 18th fresco.
The monumental Basilica of Vicoforte, near the town of Cuneo, boasts the largest elliptical cupola in the world and is a place of pilgrimage for Catholics.
Before climbing the 240 steps to the top of the church, researchers took samples of their saliva and measured levels of cortisol, a hormone which is produced in response to stress. Read more to find out what happened after they viewed the artwork…
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