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.
Stylized line, thickness differation, subtle color additions
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.
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
The main form of prehistoric art is “rock art” which includes petroglyphs and pictographs. PETROGLYPHS PICTOGRAPHS (rock carvings/engravings) (paintings/drawings)
Stone Age ArtCave Painting at Lascaux, France c. 15,000-13,000 B.C.