On another note, there have been recent studies that show a correlative link between mental disorders and artists. Praised for their remarkable creativity, intelligence, and talent, a significant number of the most famous artists in history had mental disorders. Described as abnormalities in behavior and perception, mental disorder's link to creativity provide scientific and neurological basis to the intangible concepts of creativity and, thus, further add to the correlation between the study of art and neuroscience. For example, the most famous composer of all time, Beethoven suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder. Starry Night, Van Gogh's most famous painting, was painted during his manic period and Munch's most famous painting, The Scream, was inspired by the artists turbulent experience with depression, anxiety, and hysteria.
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