Special event
Old masters: creativity and the ageing brain

Friday 30 June 2017,
18.30–20.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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Supported by Mitsubishi Corporation

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Hokusai passed away at the age of 89 with some of his best work created in his later years. Michelangelo lived and practised until the age of 89, Monet until 86, O’Keefe 98, Louise Bourgeois 99 and Titian 86. Case histories such as this point in one direction – the extraordinary flowering of artistic genius in old age.

Drilling down into the subjects of lifelong creative endeavour, the neuroplasticity of the older brain and the correlation between ageing and heightened risk-taking, this panel discussion explores ageing and creativity across global art history, as well as the enduring example of Katsushika Hokusai, the self-declared 'old man crazy to paint'.

Chaired by Joan Bakewell, the panel includes writer and art critic Martin Gayford, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Lorraine Tyler, University of Cambridge, and Angus Lockyer, SOAS.

Presented in collaboration with the British Academy.


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Joan Bakewell. Photo: Knight Ayton Management.