The oldest known paintings are
approximately 40,000 years old. José Luis
Sanchidrián, believes the paintings are more
likely to have been painted by Neanderthals
than early modern humans.
The Grotte Chauvet in France is claimed by
some historians to be about 32,000 years old.
They are engraved and painted using red
ochre and black pigment and show horses,
rhinoceros, lions, buffalo, mammoth or humans
often hunting. There are examples of cave
paintings all over the world—in France, India,
Spain, Portugal, China, Australia etc
Prehistoric men may have painted
animals to "catch" their soul or spirit in
order to hunt them more easily or the
paintings may represent an animistic
vision and homage to surrounding nature,
or they may be the result of a basic need
of expression that is innate to human
beings, or they could have been for the
transmission of practical information.
Chinese painting is one of the oldest
continuous artistic traditions in the world.
The earliest paintings were not
representational but ornamental; they
consisted of patterns or designs rather than
Japanese painting is one of the oldest and
most highly refined of the Japanese arts,
encompassing a wide variety of genre and
styles. The history of Japanese painting is a
long history of synthesis and competition
between native Japanese aesthetics and
adaptation of imported ideas.
The history of Korean painting is dated to
approximately 108 C.E., when it first
appears as an independent form. Between
that time and the paintings and frescoes that
appear on the Goryeo dynasty tombs, there
has been little research.
Indian paintings historically revolved
around the religious deities and kings.
Indian art is a collective term for several
different schools of art that existed in the
Indian subcontinent. The paintings varied
from large frescoes of Ajanta to the intricate
Mughal miniature paintings to the metal
embellished works from the Tanjore school.
. Egyptian painting has close
connection with its written language –
called Egyptian hieroglyphs. Painted
symbols are found amongst the first
forms of written language. The
Egyptians also painted on linen,
remnants of which survive today.
Ancient Egyptian paintings survived
due to the extremely dry climate.
Ancient Egypt, papyrus
The Renaissance is said by many to be
the golden age of painting. Roughly
spanning the 14th through the mid-17th
In Italy artists took painting to a higher
level through the use of perspective, the
study of human anatomy and proportion,
and through their development of an
unprecedented refinement in drawing and
Filipino painting as a whole can be
seen as an amalgamation of many
cultural influences, though it tends
to be more Western in its current
form with Eastern roots.
Early Filipino painting can be found
in red slip (clay mixed with water)
designs embellished on the ritual
pottery of the Philippines such as
the acclaimed Manunggul Jar.
Further evidences of painting are
manifested in the tattoo tradition of early
Filipinos, whom the Portuguese explorer
referred to as Pintados or the 'Painted
People' of the Visayas. Various designs
referencing flora and fauna with
heavenly bodies decorate their bodies in
various colored pigmentation
Filipinos began creating paintings in
the European tradition during the 17th-century
Spanish period. The earliest of these
paintings were Church frescoes, religious
imagery from Biblical sources, as well as
engravings, sculptures and lithographs
featuring Christian icons and European