‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity

Albrecht Durer’s Fortress on a large hillside cliff, 1500 — Buyenlarge/Getty Images

By Julia Christensen, Guido Giglioni, and Manos Tsakiris

The Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer was regarded by his friends as a master in the art of mind-wandering. He could become ‘enwrapped’ in his own pleasant reflections, wrote the German humanist Willibald Pirckheimer, at which times Dürer ‘would seem the happiest person on Earth’.

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