Effects of Context and Genuineness in the Experience of Art

Author(s)
Susanne Grüner, Eva Specker, Helmut Leder
Abstract

Studies found that genuine artworks viewed in a museum receive higher appreciation ratings than reproductions in the laboratory. Due to the mutual variation of context and genuineness, these studies were not able to disentangle these factors. A study designed by Brieber, Leder, and Nadal to systematically differentiate between these two variables did not find an effect of context or genuineness. To substantiate these results, we setup a conceptual replication by using the same 2 (museum/laboratory) by 2 (genuine/reproduction) between-subjects design with improved manipulations of context and genuineness. We found an effect of context, as artworks presented in a museum were liked more and rated more interesting than in the laboratory. We did not find effects of genuineness. Exploratively, we found that art style had a big impact on how artworks were rated regardless of context and genuineness, indicating that this may be a more important factor for aesthetic experience.

Organisation(s)
Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology
External organisation(s)
Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
Journal
Empirical Studies of the Arts
ISSN
0276-2374
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0276237418822896
Publication date
01-2019
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
501001 General psychology, 501011 Cognitive psychology, 604020 Art theory
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/effects-of-context-and-genuineness-in-the-experience-of-art(de70b551-8cb8-4973-9700-7910e7bcb2f2).html