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A history of art in hospitals

While recent research shows art in hospitals plays an active role in patients’ healing, its presence in medical buildings is nothing new. Art historian Anne Wallentine discusses why icons, frescoes, prints and sculpture have adorned the walls of wards and corridors for 600 years.

Words by Anne Wallentine

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About the author

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Anne Wallentine

Anne Wallentine is a writer and art historian with a focus on the intersections of art, culture and health. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, she writes for outlets that include the Financial Times, the Economist, Smithsonian Magazine, the Art Newspaper and Hyperallergic.