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Painting Wild Nature with Knives: Painting and Survival Instincts

Do Landscape Paintings Appeal to Our Survival Instincts?

One of the questions that has always puzzled me is what motivates people to buy paintings or photographs of landscapes and hang them on their walls. Is there something in our evolutionary history that predisposes us to prefer landscape paintings? In this video I reviewed the works of Denis Dutton and Daniel Berlyne who attempt to understand our inherent preferences for certain types of landscape art.

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