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Cajal's Butterflies of the SoulScience and Art$
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Javier DeFelipe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195392708

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392708.001.0001

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Closing Comments on the Brain and Art

Closing Comments on the Brain and Art

(p.51) Closing Comments on the Brain and Art
Cajal's Butterflies of the Soul

Javier Defelipe

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides some final thoughts on the Brainhow mouse. It uses a metaphor used by the Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977) as illustration. Nabokov was a grapheme-color synesthete. The chapter considers that the similarities between scientific illustrations and some paintings created by artists pose the question of whether an artist unconsciously paints not only what his brain interprets, but to some extent, what his own brain contains. The inexhaustible artistic creativity of the human mind seems to have a parallel multicolored world within the microscopic universe of the brain.

Keywords:   Brainhow mouse, Vladimir Nabokov, brain, artist, synesthete

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