Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Why is it said that the history of painting began with cave paintings?

We know that early Man lived in caves. He lived mainly by hunting, and gradually, he began to decorate the rock faces in the recesses of caves. Early Man created images of the bison and
reindeer which he hunted, and these were the very first paintings ever created.

Prehistoric cave paintings have been discovered in many parts of the world, from Europe and Africa, to Australia. Africa has some of the earliest paintings and rock engravings to have been dated. Nearly 30,000 years old, they were discovered in 1969 on the rock face in a cave in Namibia. But the most numerous, and the most sophisticated of prehistoric paintings are on the walls of caves in Southwest France and Northern Spain.

Source: Manorama Tell Me Why

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