Fractal Analysis: Famous Works by Artists Like Dali Showed Early Signs of DiseasePosted: December 29, 2016
Brushstrokes in paintings could help early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, according to a study published on Thursday of works by famous sufferers such as Salvador Dali and Willem De Kooning.
“Knowing that you have a problem sooner rather than later is always going to be an important medical breakthrough,” said Alex Forsythe from the University of Liverpool, one of the authors of the study.
Fractal analysis — a way to study patterns that is already used to spot fake paintings — was used to gauge the relative complexity of the works.
Fractals are often described as “fingerprints of nature.”
For De Kooning and Brooks, the study showed a sharp decrease in the complexity starting around the age of 40 — long before their Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
De Kooning received an official diagnosis in 1989 — the year he turned 85 — and Brooks when he turned 79.
In the case of Dali and Morrisseau, the research found an increase in “fractal dimension” in middle age followed by decline starting from their late 50s.
Dali was diagnosed with drug-induced Parkinsonism after his right hand began shaking severely when he turned 76…(read more)
Source: The Japan Times