Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Mesolithic Art - Art History 101 Basics ca. 10,000-8,000 BC

Otherwise known as "Middle Stone Age", the Mesolithic period covered a brief span of around 2,000 years. While it served as an important bridge between the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic ages, the art of this period was, well, sort of boring. From this distance, it's not nearly as fascinating as the discovery of (and innovations in) the art of the preceding era. And the art of the subsequent Neolithic era is exponentially diverse, besides being more well-preserved and offering us thousands of examples of itself, instead of a "handful". Still, let's briefly cover the artistic events of the Mesolithic because, after all, it's a distinct era from any other.


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