The Evolution of Paleolithic Art
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The earliest forms of art, at least among those art forms that can be dated with any certainty, were created in Europe between 30,000 and 10,000 B.C. They belong to a time before the oldest civilizations and the earliest agriculture-the Upper Paleolithic period at the end of the last continental glaciation. Paleolithic art has manifested itself in two principal forms: engraved or sculptured objects found by the thousands in excavations from the Urals to the Atlantic, and the awe-inspiring decorations of more than 100 caves in France and Spain. It has now been studied for nearly a century, and such caves as Lascaux and Altamira have become as well known as the most famous art works of historic times.
Cave Paintings, Caves, Prehistoric Art, Sculpture, Engraving, Animal Figurines, Rectangles, Abstract Art, Animals
Scientific American, Vol. 218, no. 2 (1968-02).
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Leroi-Gourhan, André, "The Evolution of Paleolithic Art" (1968). KIP Articles. 1749.