This site was conceived, created and developed by Alberto Argenton in 2014 and in early 2015, with the aims described below. On 23 May 2015, after a brief but  unrelenting illness, Alberto Argenton passed away. While keeping unchanged the site architecture and the current contents, we intend to update it, together with Tamara Prest, adding new information and publications related to the scientific and artistic activity of Alberto Argenton and to his memory.

Laura Messina Argenton

The psychology and the arts have this in common:
both cover the entire field of the human mind
Rudolf Arnheim


The creation of this site is the result of my intention to make available some of the results of my scientific and ‘artistic’ research. The site was came into being at the time of my leaving the world of work – the University – for reasons of age, and it aims to maintain my presence – in some ways, to extend it – within the scientific community or outside it. At the same time, it is intended to be a point of reference for the circulation of knowledge in the sector in which for many years I cultivated my interests of study, research and teaching: the Psychology of art.

The section is divided into: News and NotesPsychology of art, Criticism and Gallery.
News and Notes is to inform visitors of events and recent publications, but also to insert annotations on the subject.
Psychology of art presents the English translation of some papers published in Italian and papers published only in English pertaining to the Psychology of art or related to this subject.
Criticism collects a brief curriculum of my graphic-pictorial activity and some critical essays about it.
Gallery contains a repertoire of images reproducing my graphics and paintings.

Juvenile works

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In questa Galleria sono riportate opere eseguite agli inizi della mia attività pittorica sia in terra friulana, in particolare, a Cividale, dove nella seconda metà degli anni ’50 frequentavo i numerosi pittori che popolavano questa cittadina sia in terra africana, a Mogadiscio (Somalia), dove nella prima metà degli anni ’60 ho trascorso la mia tarda adolescenza.

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Aesthetic cognition


Alberto Argenton (2004), Aesthetic cognition. A tribute to Rudolf Arnheim, Gestalt Theory, 2, 128-133.
This paper was written with the ideal purpose of carrying on in the tradition of Rudolf ARNHEIM’s seminal research and, more generally, in the tradition of Gestalt theory. It argues that the aesthetic criterion (the bipolar dimension of “beautiful/ugly”), through which we evaluate any object or event in the phenomenal world, is a species-specific criterion, which is based on perceptual functioning and orients, drives, and regulates cognition. The author advances this thesis as a contribution to the theme of the relationship between perception and thought, affirm¬ing how important it is to study the artistic phenomenon if we are ever to grasp the functioning of the human mind in its entirety.

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