Examining the therapeutic potential of visual art in clinical settings: a review

Vineet Pasam Reddy


One of art’s key properties is its ability to transfix viewers to let them get lost in the piece. Because of art’s aesthetically pleasing values and its ability to serve as a positive distraction, art has great potential in clinical settings. Hospitals are often viewed as bleak institutions that are innately stressful. Art can brighten the hospital atmosphere and positively increase the experience of patients. This review assesses the literature surrounding the therapeutic potential of various types of visual art in clinical settings. More precisely, this review examines differential effects of visual art exposure based on genre of visual art as well as age and sex of patients. Further research on art in hospitals is necessary to improve the visits of millions of patients to hospitals.