Prehistoric art

Paleolithic art

Humans make art. We do this for many reasons and with whatever technologies are available to us. But what can we really know about their creators and what the images originally meant?

- c. 10,000 B.C.E.

Paleolithic art

Paleolithic art, an introduction
Paleolithic art, an introduction

One of the defining traits of humans is our drive to make art, and this desire to create is as old as our species.

Our earliest technology?
Our earliest technology?

Fire, clothing, or the wheel: was this humble hand axe the earliest human technology?

Apollo 11 Cave Stones
Apollo 11 Cave Stones

All evidence points to Africa as the origin of our species … is Africa also the birthplace of art?

<em>Lion Man</em>
Lion Man

The cave lion was the fiercest animal of the ice age, and this mammoth ivory carving combines human with lion.

<em>Venus of Willendorf</em>
Venus of Willendorf

The name of this prehistoric sculpture refers to a Roman goddess—but what did she originally represent?

Hall of Bulls, Lascaux
Hall of Bulls, Lascaux

Mysteries surround the cave paintings at Lascaux, but it’s clear our use of images has a long history.