   B.C. – Before Christ    A.D. – Anno Domini (The Year of Our Lord)           There is no year “0” the year           1...
The Stone Age        The Stone Age is divided into three periods            Paleolithic • Mesolithic • Neolithic          ...
    The main form of prehistoric art is “rock art” which includes     petroglyphs and pictographs.    PETROGLYPHS        ...
Stone Age ArtCave Painting at Lascaux, France c. 15,000-13,000 B.C.
England, 3000 B.C. – 2000 B.C.Stonehenge   Astronomical calendar or burial grounds
Modern day Iraq, significantMesopotamia             cultural developments like                        early writings, scho...
Mesoptamian ArtArchitecture, warrior art & story telling stone reliefs                                                 Gat...
Tower of Babel
Stone Painting Examples
Stoneage & Mesoptamian Art
Stoneage & Mesoptamian Art
Stoneage & Mesoptamian Art
Stoneage & Mesoptamian Art
Stoneage & Mesoptamian Art
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A brief introduction into Stone Age and Mesopotamian art.

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  • Blombos Cave Rock Art, coast of South Africa, limestone, one of the oldest known pieces of artworkCosquer Cave Paintings, coast of France, underwater tunnel 40 metres below sea level, ice age glaciation store water and level was over 100 metres lower, discovered 1985
  • Discovered in 1940 by three teenagers and their dog. Open to public until carbon dioxide damage, black mold outbreak due to a.c. system. Cattle, bison & horses depicted as well as geometric people and signs & star map.
  • Tigris & EuphratesBelieved to be the location of the Garden of Eden
  • no names the work was about the subject matter and not the artist. Gate into the city of Babylon, considered one of the seven wonders of the world until replaced by the lighthouse of Alexandria, urban planners, early pyramids
  • 270 foot tall, eight stepped towers, golden brass gates, 120 lions, bright glazed tile, spiral stairway…chamber of their God.
  • Two toned
  • Stylized line, thickness differation, subtle color additions
  • Stylized line, size shows perspective, transparency
  • Addition of white
  • Stoneage & Mesoptamian Art

    1. 1.  B.C. – Before Christ A.D. – Anno Domini (The Year of Our Lord) There is no year “0” the year 1 A.D. follows the year 1 B.C. The first art objects were not created out of decoration but as spiritual symbols.
    2. 2. The Stone Age The Stone Age is divided into three periods Paleolithic • Mesolithic • Neolithic Paleo: Ancient • Meso: Middle • Neo: NewThe Paleolithic accounts for 98% of the Stone Age (also called “prehistoric art”)Materials included: stone, bone, antlers, mammoth ivory and pigments & charcoal possibly from face/body painting
    3. 3.  The main form of prehistoric art is “rock art” which includes petroglyphs and pictographs. PETROGLYPHS PICTOGRAPHS (rock carvings/engravings) (paintings/drawings)
    4. 4. Stone Age ArtCave Painting at Lascaux, France c. 15,000-13,000 B.C.
    5. 5. England, 3000 B.C. – 2000 B.C.Stonehenge Astronomical calendar or burial grounds
    6. 6. Modern day Iraq, significantMesopotamia cultural developments like early writings, schools, libraries“land between rivers” and irrigation
    7. 7. Mesoptamian ArtArchitecture, warrior art & story telling stone reliefs Gate of Ishtar Babylonian 575 B.C. Comissioned by King Nebuchadnezzar II
    8. 8. Tower of Babel
    9. 9. Stone Painting Examples

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