CHAPTER ONE: THE ART OF PREHISTORY
|"VENUS" OF WILLENDORF|| |
25,000-21,000 BCE Paleolithic. Willendorf, Austria. Limestone. More abstract and less naturalistic. Breasts, belly, and genitals are exaggerated and the face lacks defining features, suggesting a connection to fertility and childbearing. Only 4 3/8 in. high.
|BISON WITH TURNED HEAD|| |
10,000 BCE Paleolithic. La Madeleine (Tarn) France. Reindeer horn. Knotch means it is a spear thrower. Illustrates the naturalism of animal art. Only 4 1/2 in. high.
|HALL OF RUNNING BULLS|| |
15,000 BCE Paleolithic. Lascaux Cave, Lascaux (Dordogne), France. Painting on limestone. Animals are drawn one over the other possibly over time. located deep within the cave. Paintings hold a wide range of animal species.
|"CHINESE" HORSE|| |
15,000 BCE Paleolithic. Lascaux Cave, Lascaux (Dordogne), France. Painting on limestone. Resembles chinese ceramic horses of the Han Dynasty. About 5ft. 6 in. long.
2500-1500 BCE Neolithic. Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England. Could have been built around the same time as pyramids. Famous because of its many myths and legends and is best preserved.Diameter of circle is 97 ft. long.
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