Prehistoric Art – the art of cave painting and their origins

Art and its culture has been part of our society for thousands of years. It has changed the way we develop creativity through uses of emotions and attitudes. This dates back to the prehistoric era. Prehistoric Art came first in the form of cave paintings. Cave paintings have been discovered in parts of France, Germany and Spain.

Prehistoric Art – Cave Paintings

Lascaux Cave is the youngest cave painting, located in Southwestern France. Claimed to be at least 15,000 years old, showcasing as many as 900 artistic figures, including wild animals and human figures. This cave isn’t open to the public, due to mass produced carbon dioxide and humidity caused by thousands of daily visitors, during the 1940’s/50’s. Due to this, it has damaged these hand-crafted cave paintings. Furthermore, the Cosquer Cave, an underwater cave in Marseille, France, discovered in 1991, contains several dozen cave paintings of bisons, horses, seals, jellyfish and other known wild animal species.

Prehistoric Art

Many scientists believed that humans gained creative genetics 32,000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until 2014, when a group of archaeological scientists discovered and located a cave on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, that consisted of many stunning cave paintings thought to be at least 35,400 years old. They are known today as the oldest set of paintings and potentially the first ever developed paintings on cave walls. Baffled by this discovery, scientists are consequently unsure of when and where cave art truly began.

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Origins of Prehistoric Art



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