The origins of prehistoric art: millions of years ago, in dim caves…

Here at Graff.io, we live and breathe art. We are aware of every intrinsic detail that surrounds us on a daily basis. It makes us think – who are we as people? Who are we collectively as a company? After all, we all came from somewhere, right?

The same is true when it comes to art. Fundamentally, our ancestors (millions of years ago) defined who we are in the present day. So, what are the origins of prehistoric art?

The Origins of Prehistoric Art

For decades, the only evidence of ancient cave art was in Spain and southern France. It was this evidence that enticed people to believe that the origin of art was discovered in Europe. However, it was a recent discovery in Indonesia that suggests that this is no longer the case. The discovered cave paintings are approximately the same age.

The image discovered in Sulawesi is of similar style to ones discovered in the Europe area. Due to their shape, it suggests that these are the earliest cave paintings produced by humans.The hand prints consistent across these caves tend to suggest that humans were existent in these locations, and it is likely for this reason that this is where we can pinpoint art and humans.

What is Prehistoric Art?

In the history of art, prehistoric art is all art produced in preliterate, prehistorical cultures beginning somewhere in very late geological history, and generally continuing until that culture either develops writing or other methods of record-keeping, or makes significant contact with another culture that has, and that makes some record of major historical events. At this point, ancient art begins, for the older literate cultures. The end-date for what is covered by the term thus varies greatly between different parts of the world.[1] The origins of prehistoric art appear to be global.

Prehistoric art is located in different places worldwide. In Austalia,  we find aboriginal art created by the natives of Austalia (Aborigines). This is drawn in sand or on the human body to illustrate a place, an animal totem or a tribal story. It all comes down to our ancestors – these patterns and styles defined millions of years ago.

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Why is the history of art important to Graff.io?

As you many already be aware, we are passionate about our roots. Believe it or not, our ancestors play a large part of who we are in the present day. This isn’t just art – this refers to language, basic natural instincts, families and tribes… everything!

So, are you intrigued and dying to read more? Check out Graff.io‘s story!

Our story: In Dim Caves

 

 

1. “The term “prehistoric” ceases to be valid some thousands of years B.C. in the near east but remains a warranted description down to about 500 A.D. in Ireland”, Review by “A. T. L.” of Prehistoric Art by T. G. E. Powell, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 97, No. 1 (1967), p. 95, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, JSTOR
Rae Collins

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