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Earliest Art by Humans - Prehistoric Art


Did some revision of art history recently (seems part of information have been faded out in my mind:D) Generally, Prehistoric Art is all art from the Paleolithic Era (Old Stone Age) about 2.5 million to 2000 B.C.E.



Paleolithic Era (2,500,000 - 10,000 BCE) A Hunter-Gatherer Culture

🔸 Lower Paleolithic (2,500,000 - 200,000 BCE)

🔸 Middle Paleolithic (200,000 - 40,000 BCE)

🔸 Upper Paleolithic (40,000 - 10,000 BCE)


Chauvet Cave, Ardèche Gorge, France

Wall Painting with Horses, Rhinoceroses, and Aurochs, 30000 BCE -28000 BCE

Paint on limestone


Cave Painting

c. 15,000-10,000 BC

Lascaux, France




Mesolithic Era (Europe) Mostly Hunter-Gatherer, with fishing and the beginnings of farming

🔸 c.10,000 - 4,000 BCE: Northern and Western Europe

🔸 c.10,000 - 7,000 BCE: Southeast Europe

🔸 c.10,000 - 8,000 BCE: Middle East & Rest of World



The Dance of Cogul.

10,000-7,000 BCE El Cogul Caves

Roca dels Moros, Catalonia, Spain.






Rock engraving/carving of a prone antelope, at Tin Taghirt, Tassili n'Ajjer.

8,000-7,000 BCE









Neolithic Era (Europe) A Farming and Agricultural lifestyle

🔸 c.4,000 - 2,000 BCE: Northern and Western Europe

🔸 c.7,000 - 2,000 BCE: Southeast Europe

🔸 c.8,000 - 2,000 BCE: Middle East & Rest of World



Unknown, Greece, Cycaldes, Europe

Cup, 2700 BCE -2200 BCE Marble



Unknown, Greece, Crete, Europe

Jar, 1450 -1400 B.C. Terracotta


B.C.=before Christ

B.C.E.-before the Common Era

A.D.=Anno Domini (the year of our Lord)

C.E.=Common Era (Christian Era)

c. or ca.=circa

C.=century

d.=1400=15th Century



reference sources:

https://www.fsusd.org/cms/lib03/CA01001943/Centricity/Domain/2087/Chapter%201.pdf

http://www.all-art.org/

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/

https://www.artsy.net/




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