LASCAUX CAVE/ THE AXIAL GALLEY
CAVERNE DE NIAUX (ARIEGE) THIS PAINTING HAS BEEN DISCOVERED TO BE LAYERED ABOVE OTHERS
The First Artists
Prehistoric Art is a term used to describe the artistic depictions of a people who haven't yet implemented writing into their culture. The appearance of written word dates back to the Sumerians (3250 BC) and their use of pictographs, small pictures that tell their story, describe their lives, and record the data they needed to keep track of business details. All of these things allow us a glimpse into history and supply knowledge of times we'd know nothing about without the things they've left behind. paintings enable us to envision the past; they depict daily life, religion, superstition, and magic.
Art was believed to be magical; pictures were believed to have special powers. It is said that the artists themselves were seen as spiritual beings, that they were revered, and that their artistic portrayals were capable of keeping a people safe from the forces of nature and angry gods. Some of the artwork that's been found is believed to have been created for the sole purpose of pleasing the gods or asking otherworldly spirits to bless these groups with fertility and successful hunts. Other pictures are believed to be instructional, prehistoric how-to manuals. Here's the deer; here's the heart; this is where you aim the spear.
Over the years, archaeologists have studied cave paintings and found that many actually cover earlier artwork, and some have concluded that those paintings, which were never re-worked, had been considered lucky and had been left untouched. On the other hand, many feel that walls that were used over and over again may have been re-worked because the walls themselves were lucky. I guess we'll never know!
SIMPLICITY- SERRA DA CAPIVARA IN BRAZIL
SERRA DA CAPIVARA IN BRAZIL
PECHE-MERLE AND HANDPRINTS
AYERS ROCK-ABORIGINAL CAVE PAINTINGS AT ULURU IN AUSTRALIA./ NOTICE THE VIBRANT PIGMENTS
ALTAMIRA CAVE- SPAIN
ALTAMIRA: MAGDALENIAN CAVE PAINTING
PILETA CAVES- SPAIN/ NEOLITHIC PERIOD
AJANTA CAVE/ INDIA
The oldest known art was created during the Old Stone Age, a period lasting form about 35,000 BC to 10,000 BC. During this time period the extensive movement of the hunter-gatherer society was based on survival, warming trends, and the availability of food sources. Animal migration was a factor; warming trends, and the ability to gather the nuts, berries, and roots needed for sustenance was also a factor. People didn't move from desire; they moved from place to place out of necessity, and through their early artwork they tell us a story we'd never have heard without the symbols they've left behind for us to decipher.
The first Paleolithic cave paintings were found in France and Spain. Artists show us the hunt, and the animals they hunted; bison and bulls, animals we're well acquainted with, and the fearsome wooly mammoth we can only envision through pictures or incomplete remains displayed at the exhibits in modern day museums. Did the artists really believe that to paint an animal was to capture its soul? Why would the artists isolate themselves deep inside of the desolate caves that would have been devoid of natural light? Who was the first to discover that a lamp could be created by filling a hollow rock or the smooth shell of a skull with animal fat, fur, and locks of hair for burning. Who discovered that wicks could be created from pieces of dried moss? Did they truly believe themselves to be working some ancient form of magic or were they just men entranced by the realities of their own lives? We'll never know......... we can look for the symbols of things that we'll never understand; we can imagine their purposes, and through them we can see a world that no longer exists outside of the paintings that have miraculously...
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