Fractal Analysis: Famous Works by Artists Like Dali Showed Early Signs of Disease

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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.

The analysis was carried out on 2,092 paintings, including those of two artists with Parkinson’s disease, Dali and Norval Morrisseau, and two with Alzheimer’s disease, De Kooning and James Brooks.

Works by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, who were not know to suffer from any such disease, were also included for comparison.

“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. Read the rest of this entry »


Montpellier Terror Attack Fears as Gunman Bursts into Retirement Home for Monks

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The suspect, who was reportedly wearing a hoodie and carrying a gun, is still believed to be at the site in Montpellier, France.

A hooded gunman man has stormed a retirement home for monks in France and killed two people, according to reports.

“A supervisor inside the building raised the alarm very discreetly…There are fears that two people have died – a man and a woman. The gunman is being hunted.”

The gunman is believed to have broken into the building in Montpellier, France, on Thursday evening.

According to unverified reports in France, the man was wearing a hoodie and carrying a gun.

He is said to have killed a man and a woman inside the home.

Those killed are thought to be a woman supervisor, and a man who was working with her.

Around 70 monks are believed to reside in the property. Read the rest of this entry »