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The artistic design stance and the interpretation of Paleolithic art

  • Johan De Smedt (a1) and Helen De Cruz (a2)

The artistic design stance is an important part of art appreciation, but it remains unclear how it can be applied to artworks for which art historical context is no longer available, such as Ice Age art. We propose that some of the designer's intentions can be gathered noninferentially through direct experience with prehistoric artworks.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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