Is abstract art better than realism for healing art?

Many sophisticated art collectors love abstract art. Yet studies have shown that most patients and caregivers prefer realism in paintings and photographic art, which they can understand. It is believed that patients recover more quickly when they view realistic art rather than abstract art. Tranquil, restful photographic images deliver relaxation for both staff and visitors who may be caught up in the hectic pace and stress associated with a hospital.

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