What's inside the art? The influence of frontotemporal dementia in art production

Academic Article


  • We evaluated the productions of an artist with frontotemporal lobar degeneration from before dementia onset until she was fully symptomatic. We noted an improvement of technique that might be related to sparing and disinhibition of the right posterior neocortex. There was a reduction of closure (completeness of the painting), possibly induced by impersistence and a decrease in evocative impact that might be explained by frontal and anterotemporal-limbic dysfunction. ©2006AAN Enterprises, Inc.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Neurology  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Drago V; Foster PS; Trifiletti D; FitzGerald DB; Kluger BM; Crucian GP; Heilman KM
  • Start Page

  • 1285
  • End Page

  • 1287
  • Volume

  • 67
  • Issue

  • 7