Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Paleolithic Art - Art History 101 Basics
The Paleolithic (literally: "Old Stone Age") period covered between two and one-half to three million years, dependent upon which scientist has done the calculations. For the purposes of Art History, though, when we refer to "Paleolithic" art, we're talking about theLate Upper Paleolithic period. This began roughly around 40,000 years ago and lasted through the Pleistocene ice age, the end of which is commonly thought to have occurred near 8,000 B.C. (give or take a few centuries). This period was marked by the rise ofHomo sapiens sapiens and its ever-developing ability to create tools and weapons.