‘Art has deep roots in biology (and the body)…which can be investigated quite solidly…’ Art ‘can elevate us to the greatest height of thoughts and feeling….refinement that you may call a spiritual invention if you wish’. ‘When we undergo art we change….’
‘Historically the arts ‘contributed to the development of the notion of well being, they cemented social groups… They assisted with communication and compensated for emotion imbalances, caused by fear, anger, desire, sadness and grief… promoted social organisation. They began a long process of establishing a social and cultural record’; Antonio Damasio, University California.
These statements I think would be very similar today.