Parietal Art

Parietal Art

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Parietal Art

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Paintings were there even before humans can talk. Parietal art or ‘Cave Painting’ was found in the ice age (Paleolithic), roughly between 40000 to 14000 years ago. Paintings were drawn on the walls of caves for a communicative or religious purpose. These paintings mainly were schematic and the subjects were common throughout the world. Animals were the main subject and sometimes hand stencils of human were made by blowing colors on a hand, held on the wall. Large animals like bison, horse, aurochs, deer, cave lion, mammoth were common in the paintings. The paintings were mostly made with either red or black and sometimes yellow ochre. The red pigment was made with iron oxides (hematite), black was made with charcoal and manganese dioxide. Fingers were used in place of brushes to create these masterpieces. The paintings were mostly silhouettes. Cave paintings were found in France, Australia, South and Northern Africa, America, India, the Maya caves of Mexico, Southeast and East Asia.

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