That's right, gazing at art is comparable to gazing at your loved one — so says this Gawker.com article from Sunday.
The article cites a recent study which showed paintings by John Constable and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres to randomly chosen viewers (who had little prior art knowledge of art) and charted their mental responses. Turns out, a nearly 10 percent increase in blood flow traveled to the part of the brain associated with pleasure.
Smooth, luscious Romantic and Neo-Classical art are certainly good bets for pleasing people (as are naked ladies), but what about reactions to pieces that are less ... pretty?
I still get a rush of blood to my pleasure parts, but that's for another time.